Concern for addicts as GP closes surgery

Hundreds of medical card patients on the northside of Cork City and its environs received letters from the HSE today informing them that their GP’s surgery has closed.

Dr David Murphy informed the HSE on Friday that he was closing his practice temporarily as he needed to take sick leave. A locum will not replace him at the Cathedral Road practice.

His patients, some of whom have particular medication requirements, including prescription drug addictions, have been asked to attend other GPs in the area. Other GPs on the northside of the city, despite already heavy workloads, have agreed with the HSE to take on Dr Murphy’s patient list.

“All patients individual circumstances will be addressed and the HSE and other GPs in the area will deal with them sympathetically and appropriately to ensure that their health and welfare is maintained,” a spokeswoman said.

Much effort has been taken by the HSE and community gardaí to ensure that Dr Murphy’s patients are made aware of the practice’s closure. Community gardaí and public health workers have been liaising to ensure patients can have their immediate health needs met.

The HSE said it will update patients again in the coming weeks. It is not known for how long Dr Murphy’s practice will be closed for.

A spokesman for the Irish College of General Practitioners was unavailable for comment yesterday. An Irish Medical Organisation representative could not be contacted either.


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