Public service delivery 'inadequate' for Mayo's new residents

A Mayo TD has stated that Irish people have played a massive role in supporting and welcoming thousands of Ukrainian refugees and international protection applicants into the country.

But, according to Deputy Alan Dillon, public service delivery to support this influx of people has been inadequate, especially in rural communities.

He elaborated: "Those I represent have raised issues such as those relating to public transport, mental health support, disability services and access to GP services.

"These matters must be addressed. We must do more and respond accordingly.

"The government must assess whether we can utilise the services of professionals such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

"Non-EU practitioners coming to Ireland must undertake an English exam to prove their proficiency in medical English.

"This is the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test.

"However, Ukrainian doctors, nurses and pharmacists did not have the opportunity to sit the test in light of the war-torn circumstances from which they fled.

"Close to 400 doctors from Ukraine have been identified, along with many nurses and pharmacists.

"They are ready to work. In fact, they are desperate to work. They want to help and be part of the front line.

"This is a practical issue that requires an urgent and practical response.

"I ask the Minister for Health to work with the Irish Medical Council to ensure that all avenues are examined in order to utilise the professional services of these people."