The Podiatry (Chiropody) Clinic at the Health Centre in Kinlough should be reinstated according to local Fianna Fáil councillor Justin Warnock.
“This service particularly benefits the older members of our community and especially those who suffer from Diabetes which is currently covered by the Medical Card,” he told the Leitrim Observer this week.
The service was withdrawn from Kinlough due to organisational changes by the HSE in December 2014, a move Cllr Warnock says was done “without any consultation or consideration for the service users”.
Cllr Warnock is now calling on the HSE to look at the demographics of the Kinlough area stating this “would confirm that an increase in services is required, not a reduction in them”.
He said there should be a GP service at the Health Centre offering five clinics a week and that the Dental and Orthodontic Clinic should be reinstated to meet the needs of the 400 plus children under the age of 12 years in the parish.
The Manorhamilton Municipal District Area representative pointed out that, “As Kinlough is not serviced by public transport and has approximately 1,100 people living in the village, it is time the HSE supplied a service which is necessary to meet the needs of this community.”