The new Primary Care Centre in Boyle may not operate under the Health Service Executive’s Co. Roscommon wing when it becomes operational – instead, it may be integrated into the northwestern area.
The executive has confirmed that the centre, which commenced construction on May 30th, may be moved into the community health organisation area 1 (CHO 1) when it opens its doors in July 2017.
CHO 1 comprises counties Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, while services in the Boyle area currently operate under CHO 1, made up of counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
The HSE confirmed that the transfer was under consideration because the town bordered Co. Sligo, but insisted that, if made, it would have no have an impact on service provision.
“As part of the spatial mapping exercise in establishing the community healthcare organisation, areas which border other CHO areas are being examined,” a spokesman said.
“No decision has been made to align Boyle with CHO 1. If such a decision is reached, services would continue to be delivered as per current practice.
“The examination of areas which border other CHO areas is based on established pathways between acute hospital services, travel patters, etc.”
Eugene Murphy, the Fianna Fáil TD, said that it would be opposed to the move because of the impact that it could have on patients and staff.
“We could end up with the situation whereby certain issues are dealt with in Boyle, but patients may then be asked to attend Sligo or further afield for different health issues, which would be totally inconvenient for people in the Boyle catchment area,” he said.