There has been criticism of the HSE’s decision to discontinue a doctor’s service at the Health Centre in Ballinaglera last week.
The service had been available at the centre for the past 34 years and was provided by a local doctor every Thursday.
Patients will now have to travel to the Primary Care Centre in Drumshanbo or Drumkeerin after the surgery closed last Thursday, March 13.
Independent Councillor in the Ballinamore Electoral Area, Gerry Dolan said the news is very disappointing for the area. He said many people were sad to hear their local clinic would no longer be of service.
He said the health centre was used by many patients from Ballinaglera, Dowra, Glangevlin and a large wider area.
Cllr Dolan said the centre was crucial for elderly people and provided an essential weekly service for those who are unable to travel further due to health and to lack of transport. He said the facility was also used by parents with young children.
Cllr Dolan said he understood the social day centre for the local elderly people will remain on in Ballinaglera Health Centre, and that will be it’s sole use.
Gerry Dolan said this was “yet another closure” for a rural area and commented “there is not much else left now.”
The independent councillor is calling on the HSE to overturn its decision to close the doctor’s clinic in Ballinaglera and to have a replacement doctor for Dr Declan Loftus reinstated to carry out the same clinic services which covers Ballinaglera and surrounding areas.
The Leitrim Observer is awaiting a response from the HSE on the reasons for the closure and the future health care arrangements put in place.