Call for clarity on northside SouthDoc service

Call for clarity on northside SouthDoc service
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CONCERNS have been raised that SouthDoc’s base on the northside of Cork city may not reopen after Covid-19.

Solidarity TD Mick Barry has called on the board of SouthDoc to clarify the position on the reopening of the Blackpool-based service.

“The northside of the city really needs an out of hours GP service.

“The loss of the service during the pandemic has impacted big numbers of people but in general I think people have been prepared to put up with that on the understanding that the service would reopen after lockdown,” he told The Echo.

He continued: “However, speculation seems to be growing that the service may not reopen. The board of SouthDoc have a chance to put that speculation to bed and I am calling on them to do so by clarifying the position regarding the future of the service on the Northside.”

It has been suggested that SouthDoc could be in financial difficulty.

Councillor John Sheehan, who is also a GP on Cork’s northside and works in SouthDoc, Blackpool, told The Echo that he hasn’t been made aware of the potential closure, but said he would be against it.

“I would certainly be very much opposed to having just one centre based out on the Kinsale Road.

“I don’t think it’s feasible or practical to expect vulnerable people to have to travel to a place that’s very car accessible but isn’t accessible any other way,” he said.

“If there is only going to be one centre it would have to be much more centrally located.

“But. I think we should have two centres.

“I think that’s right and appropriate given that it covers out as far as Donoughmore and out towards Crosshaven on the southside.”

The Echo has contacted Southdoc for comment on the matter.

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