December 28


first_imgThe Grim Reaper marches down Letterkenny Main Street to mark the death of the NowDoc service. Pic by Northwest Newspix.More than 400 protesters marched behind a coffin in Letterkenny today to protest at what is being described as the downgrading of the NowDoc service locally.The current service operates from three centres across north and west Donegal in Letterkenny, Carndonagh and Derrybeg.However, under a new trial the HSE wants to close the Carndonagh and Derrybeg centres and put an extra doctor on call for those regions based in Letterkenny. Actors Niall Eachmharcaigh and Hughie Beag O Duibheannaigh from TG4’s drama Ros na Run re-enacted the death of the NowDoc health service at Letterkenny’s Market Square.The death of NOwDoc is re-anacted.Pic by Northwest Newspix.A vocal crowd carrying placards then marched down the town’s Main Street to the current NowDoc centre at Oldtown in Letterkenny.Among the public representatives present were TDs Dinny McGinley, Charlie McConalogue, Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Thomas Pringle as well as local county councillors Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, John Campbell and Gerry McGonagle.Government TD Deputy Dinny McGinley asked people not to rush to judgement. “We’re in the middle of trial period. We’ll have to see what comes of it but people are anxious and they will always be anxious when there are changes to healthcare,” he said.He added that he refused to blame the government.Some of the crowd which attended today’s protest rally.Amongst those who came to protest was Eamon Greene, 67, who walked a mile on the protest using crutches.Mr Greene, from Gaoth Dobhair, said he would be dead if it not for the NowDoc service.“I would have been dead but the NowDoc service. I collapsed twice and I live 45 minutes from Letterkenny. “If I had been waiting for a doctor from Letetrkenny, I would have been dead. These changes cannot b allowed to happen,” he said.His sentiments were echoed by Gerard McElhinney, 54, who suffers from spinal problems and also uses crutches.And county councillor Gerry McMonagle warned that the plans will have widespread implications.“People in Letetrkenny might not think this has any affect on them but if the service in Letterkenny is being stretched to the west and north of the county, it may leave the town without cover.” MORE THAN 400 PROTEST AT ‘DEATH’ OF NOWDOC SERVICE was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyNowDocprotestlast_img read more