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Feud hit areas denied home health visits, claims Deputy O’Dowd

Fergus O'Dowd
Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd. Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons License.

A child in Drogheda was denied a scheduled home health visit due to an alleged review of callouts to certain areas in Drogheda by the HSE, it has been claimed.

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd says he was contacted by a family in an area affected by the ongoing criminal gang feud in the town. He was told a child in the family had a scheduled home visit deferred. The Deputy says the reason for the deferral outlined to the family was a alleged ‘review of callouts to certain areas of the town at certain times.’

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O’Dowd believes families and residences within certain Eircodes are being overlooked as a result of supposed dangers to HSE staff.

The TD says he contact the HSE Head of Primary Care services in the CHO8 area, which comprises of Louth and five other counties, in relation to the matter.

“I outlined the situation as was presented to me and my serious concerns on why any such review would take place,” he said today.

“I believe notwithstanding the very serious criminality that has been evident in very isolated parts of the town, that all areas of Drogheda are safe to travel to and from. I’m also unaware of any recommendation from An Gardai Siochana that would contradict this.

“I do not want any health care worker making journeys if they feel unsafe, however I believe the Gardai can and will give any required reassurances that the areas are safe to visit during normal working hours.

He added; “The scheduling of home visits must be managed in such a way that families are not affected regardless of their Eircode, families must come first and every effort must be made to accommodate them.”

LouthNow.ie has reached out to the HSE for comment.

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