GPs in the Glanmire area are “under enormous pressure” trying to meet demand in the ever-expanding town on the outskirts of Cork city.
Concerns about the future of GP services in the area have been raised by Mandy O’Leary Hegarty, Sinn Féin local representative for Cork City North East LEA, while she has called for a Primary Care Centre to be established in the town.
She highlighted the ever-growing population, as hundreds of houses are being built in the locality.
“Glanmire is a vibrant and ever-growing community. This growth must be supported with essential services that match the level of this growth. We have a number of GPs in the area who do fantastic work but the reality is that they are under enormous pressure to meet demand,” she said.
“We are now in a situation where family doctors in the area are finding it increasingly hard to take on new families and people are having to travel across the city to access GP services,” Ms O’Leary Hegarty added.
She has called for a proactive response to the issue.
“The GP network across Ireland is really struggling, particularly in more areas outside urban centres. We need to recalibrate the health service towards primary care and properly fund it and invest in our GPs and our community pharmacists.
“It provides cheaper care and closer to home, often with better outcomes for patients. That is what families in Glanmire need right now,” Ms O’Leary Hegarty said.
“General Practitioners are the cornerstone of our primary care services. Primary care is the front line of our health service and deals with the bulk of the health needs of the population. This is the perspective that must be taken in building local health services in Glanmire,” she concluded.