Press Release

Minister Harney welcomes launch of cross border General Practitioner Out of Hours Service for Donegal

Mary Harney T.D., Minister for Health and Children, has welcomed the launch of a new cross-border General Practitioner Out of Hours service which is being set up on a pilot basis.

The new service will enable people living in certain border areas of Inishowen in Co. Donegal who require a GP outside normal practice hours to attend a GP in Derry City, if this is more convenient for them.

The Minister congratulated all those involved in bringing the new service into operation.

“This service is a great example of effective cross-border co-operation to enable patients to obtain a valuable service closer to where they live.  Along the border, more than 70,000 people live closer to GP out of hours service in the other jurisdiction. Many of these experience difficulties in accessing treatment due to the distances they have to travel. I hope that over time we will be able to build on the experience gained with this service to provide similar choice and better access to people living in other border areas”, she said.

The project to develop this service has been led by CAWT (Co-operation and Working Together) and the arrangements have involved consultation with general practitioners and health service officials in both jurisdictions including the GPs of the NowDoc service and Western Urgent Care, the Health Service Executive, the Western Health and Social Services Board, Southern Health and Social Services Board, the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland.