Another doctor is expected to formally take over the care of the hundreds of medical card patients who are without healthcare after their GP closed his practice suddenly last week.
It’s believed the HSE will announce today that another GP from the north side of Cork city will be offering medical services to Dr David Murphy’s medical card list. Private patients of Dr Murphy can transfer to any GP they wish.
It’s understood the Primary Care Unit of the HSE will liaise with Dr Murphy about accessing his patient files, as it is normal practice the locum GP would have access to patient history.
Earlier this week, the GMS patients were informed that Dr Murphy was taking sick leave and that a locum would not replace him at his Cathedral Road practice.
It’s understood the replacement doctor will operate out of his existing surgery and not transfer to Dr Murphy’s premises.
Earlier this week, Dr Murphy’s patients, some of whom have particular medication requirements, including prescription drug addictions, were asked by the HSE to attend other GPs in the area.
Much effort has been taken by the HSE and community gardaí in recent days 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.
It is not known for how long Dr Murphy’s practice will be closed. Meetings took place between the HSE and local GPs earlier this week as there had been concern among local doctors about how theywould cope with the increased workload posed by an avalanche of new patients.
However, it’s believed they were all pleased to hear that one doctor will take on all the patients.
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