December 25

TD’S ANGER AFTER HE UNCOVERS CHANGE TO NOWDOC EMERGENCY CALLS

first_imgThe letter announcing the changeSpeaking today after he became aware of a change in the Standard Operating Procedure for NowDoc Services which states that the out of hours doctor will no longer respond to life threatening calls other than where requested to do so by the Ambulance Service , Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty said “I am utterly appalled at the change in the Now Doc Standard Operating Procedure for emergency calls, which came to my attention last night and has come into operation since yesterday,” he told Donegal Daily today.“The procedure states that life threatening calls will no longer be attended by the doctor on call except in cases where an ambulance is on the scene and a doctor has been specifically requested by the ambulance service. “In my view, this change to the procedure will put lives in danger. Often, in remote areas, the doctor on call can be with a patient in a significantly shorter timeframe than the ambulance and can administer life saving treatment.“Having to wait for an ambulance to first travel to the patient and assess whether the attendance of a doctor is required costs valuable time in an emergency situation and could literally be the difference in life or death.“In a county where serious concerns have been raised in relation to ambulance service cutbacks, this decision to change the Standard Operating Procedure is a scandal. It undermines the NowDoc service, which has been the target of cutbacks in recent years. It is difficult to think of a more essential time for the services of the local doctor than in a life threatening emergency.“It is clear that this decision has not been made in the best interests of the patient but is another cutback to our frontline health services, which have been slashed to the bone already. “I am calling on the HSE to suspend the new procedure with immediate effect, to revert back to the original procedures and to issue a statement to this effect without delay.” TD’S ANGER AFTER HE UNCOVERS CHANGE TO NOWDOC EMERGENCY CALLS was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:emergency callsNowDoclast_img read more