There was good news for Gortnahoe this week with the HSE confirming that the current situation with the local GP will remain in place.
The breakthrough in finding a solution to the decision to retire local GP Dr Fitzpatrick from the medical card scheme came following a meeting this Monday between the HSE, Deputy Michael Lowry and the local action committee.
Deputy Lowry told the Tipperary Star that the HSE confirmed that Dr Fitzpatrick will continue in his current position and all medical cards will be respected.
He also revealed that the HSE will be readvertising the position and that a letter had gone out this Tuesday to all medical cardholders reassuring them of their position. Deputy Lowry said the HSE was also hopeful of appointing a new GP to the area. He also said that the HSE gave an assurance that the health centres in Gortnahoe and Ballysloe will continue to be serviced.
“There has been a lot of progress in the past few weeks and I welcome that,” he said.
The Independent TD attended a public meeting in Gortnahoe on the issue and had raised it with the health executive. “I was disappointed initially that there was going to be a dramatic change, but with the backing of the community they agreed to a review and this is the outcome of that review,” said Deputy Lowry.
“I and the committee were formally given that information in Gorthanoe centre this Monday by the HSE,” he said.
Medical cardholders in the Gortnahoe area were written to by the HSE earlier this month and told that the current GP would be retired from the medical card scheme and they would have to transfer to an alternative GP from a list provided.
“There was a huge outpouring of concern and anger in Gortnahoe when it was announced that no replacement had been secured for Dr Fitzpatrick. There was also huge concern as to what would become of the health centres in both Gortnahoe and Ballysloe,” he said.