Local election hopeful calls for Midoc service to be returned to Birr
Local election candidate Joe Wynne (Ind) has expressed his belief that a swift reinstatement of the Midoc services lost to Birr must be considered as a matter of urgency.
Speaking on the issue, Mr. Wynne, a candidate in the Birr L.E.A in the upcoming local elections, pointed out that, "the loss of Birr Midoc services is a complete contradiction of the advice the HSE offers to the general public, so it simply doesn't make sense."
Mr Wynne explained that while the HSE are "often heard advising the public to only attend hospital in an emergency, removing a local service which acted as a vital first-stop for those with medical needs, has only added to the stress felt by other areas of the health service."
"We all know the health service in this country is in crisis, and has been for a long, long time. There's no quick fix to a situation where the problems seem to run so deep. But the government and their counterparts in confidence and supply must find a way to reopen this vital local service," Joe said.
However, the law graduate, who is running in his first election, pointed out that one of the first steps in attempting to correct things was to "at least not make them worse."
"It makes sense not to go to a hospital for just any reason. Staff in our hospitals have so many people to care for every day as it is. It makes sense to go to your local G.P. first when you can, or if it's out-of-hours, to Midoc."
"What makes no sense, though, is to have taken away the Midoc service from Birr - which, remember, serves not just Birr itself but a large surrounding area - and telling people in need that their only option is to go to Tullamore, where the service there already has a huge population to look after."
"Making a decision like that is making the situation worse. There is no other way to view it," Joe claimed.
"With the way our health service is right now, it often seems like it's a battle against the odds for those who need it most, and those who are constantly struggling to provide the best care possible in spite of it all."
"We need to get the odds back in favour of those in the front-line: the patients and medical professionals. That's the very least they deserve. And we can take a step in that direction by bringing Midoc back to Birr."
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