The HSE has indicated that concerns that Elphin Health Centre could be facing closure are unfounded. Local politicians have welcomed the clarification.
Senator Frank Feighan (Fine Gael) said that he had received “a categorical assurance” from the HSE that Elphin Health Centre will not close.
“There have been concerns locally in Elphin that health services will be transferred to the new Boyle Primary Care Centre which will open later this year but I can say with certainty that this is not going to happen.
“I have had discussions with the HSE in the last number of days and have pointed out that Elphin Health Centre is providing an excellent range of services to the local community, not least for older people.
“The HSE is carrying out a review of local services being provided by Health Centres in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon in the context of whether some services would be more appropriately delivered from a Primary Care Centre.
“However, there is absolutely no danger to the future of Elphin Health Centre and its services and I am pleased I have got that definitive commitment from the HSE.
Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said he is satisfied that there is no threat of closure over Elphin and Strokestown HSE health care centres following clarification on the issue from Tony Canavan, the Chief Officer of the CHO Area 2 (Galway, Mayo and Roscommon).
“However Mr. Canavan did indicate that some other smaller health centres which the HSE claims have a poor turnover of people more than likely will close when the new Boyle Primary Care Centre is fully operational.
“Mr. Canavan did not indicate the names of the smaller centres which would be earmarked for closure and I understand that a review of all smaller centres will take place.
“While I am prepared to accept Mr. Canavan’s word that no threat of closure hangs over Elphin or Strokestown HSE health centres I am also seeking assurances that no services attached to Elphin or Strokestown will be removed. I will also be seeking information on the full list of smaller centres which will be earmarked for closure.”