Carbury and Derrinturn locals protested last Tuesday, May 17, against the removal of a HSE-run dental service which was being provided at the Carbury Community Health Centre.
Citing “extremely limited resources” the HSE has said it is restructuring the service.
This restructuring will lead, in effect, to the closure of the clinic and the transfer of all patients to two similar clinics in Naas – although they claim that this is only ‘temporary’.
Protesters say they cannot understand why the Dental service was being removed from the village.
In a notice posted out side the centre by the HSE, it explained that “in an attempt to continue to deliver dental services to as many patients as possible during times when resources are extremely limited, it has become necessary to restructure the way in which the service is currently delivered.
“From the week commencing May 23, the clinic in Derrinturn will temporily close. Dental services will contine to be delivered from either the Moat Mall dental clinic in Naas or the dental clinic in Naas Hospital.”
The notice added that “it is importnat to note that while the clinic in Derrinturn is closed, dental services will continue for all children as planned”.
And they express their hope that “this change will not only make the service more efficient, but also to imprive the number of appointments available to children who are attenting the Derrinturn dental clinic”.
They say that while the change might be disruptive to patients, “it is an attempt to deliver the school dental programme to as many children as possible with extremely limited resources”.
The notice was signed by “The Dental Staff”.
The Dental service served nine schools in Kildare – and pupils of fifth and sixth class from Derrinturn National School joined the protest.
Local TD Anthony Lawler was presentassured the protestors that he would raise the matter in the Dail.