CAREDOC patients have been left shivering outside the health centre in Mill Park Road in Enniscorthy when they called for appointments.
'Not good enough,' was the disgruntled verdict of Cllr. Jackser Owens after he paid a visit to the clinic once recent freezing Friday. He arrived with an ailing grandchild to discover that that would-be patients were left to fend for themselves on an icy night.
Some had been given 8 p.m. appointments by the nurse at the call centre in Carlow when they phoned in with their problems. However, with the doctor out on the road dealing with emergencies, they were locked out of the building until he returned around 9.20 p.m.
Cllr. Owens counted seven cars outside, most of them containing worried parents tending to sick children. He also discovered a woman with a suspected ankle fracture at the door of the centre. She reported that the cold on the night in question was so intense that at least the pain had gone from the injured joint.
'I was very angry about it,' admitted the Moran Park independent. ' There should be someone there to open the door. People should be waiting inside in the heat, not in their cars.'
He stressed that he was in no way criticising the doctor, who apologised for his unavoidable late arrival.