House visits to ill patients may not be possible

The out of hours service in Kerry will be provided at treatment centres in Killarney (pictured), Kenmare, Caherciveen, Tralee and Dingle

SOUTHDOC has assured the public that no patient will be left untreated as a result of the 24-hour strike this Friday.

The out of hours family doctor service said a curtailed service will continue but although some delays will be unavoidable, all patients will be dealt with.

“SouthDoc deeply regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to patients and has put in place contingency plans to minimise any potential disruption or delays in so far as possible,” the service general manager, Máire Hussey, told

“Doctors are working normally but house visits would be challenging and may not be possible,” she added.

The out of hours service in Kerry will be provided at treatment centres in Killarney, Kenmare, Caherciveen, Tralee and Dingle and the contact number is 1850-335-999.

In the event of an emergency, the public has been advised to call 112 or 999 or, alternatively, go directly to the accident and emergency department.

From 6.00pm this Friday until 8.00am tomorrow there will be major disruption in SouthDoc services as close on 60 SIPTU members employed as administrative staff and drivers stage a one-day strike in a pay dispute.

The standoff with the Department of Finance, which commenced this morning, centres around the sought restoration of pay cuts that followed the economic slump in 2010/2011.

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