Deputy Jackie Cahill will be raising the ongoing GP crisis in Templemore later tonight in the Dáil with the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D. The Fianna Fáil T.D. for Tipperary has been actively working to ensure that Templemore does not see its GP numbers reduced with the retirement of Dr. Joe Hennessy and is bringing the concerns of the people of Templemore to the floor of the Dáil and directly to the Minister tonight.
Speaking in advance of Topical Issues, due to take place tonight at approximately 23.00 in the Dáil chamber, Cahill said: “I have been in contact with Minister Donnelly and the HSE for the last six weeks or so since it emerged that Templemore risked losing a GP with Dr. Hennessy’s retirement
“To date, the HSE has not succeeded in finding a full-time replacement for Dr. Hennessey with hundreds of local patients now left in limbo as to where they are supposed to go to see a GP.
“I will be making the case to my Fianna Fáil colleague, Minister Stephen Donnelly tonight in the Dáil that an extension must be granted for Dr. Hennessy’s practice. It is vital that an additional six months are granted to find a full-time replacement so that both public and private patients of Dr. Hennessy’s practice will not be left without a GP.
“This issue is of enormous importance to the people of Templemore and surrounding areas, and I am working hard with local people, the HSE, and my colleagues in Fianna Fáil to see this issue resolved for the people of Templemore and for healthcare locally”, Cahill concluded.