While public/rural transport is operating, the numbers travelling are low presently. Accordingly there is spare capacity available. I would like to target this capacity into the provision of transport to medical appointments or medically related requirements. Again to reiterate that the vehicles which are mostly minibuses have the necessary room to allow for social distancing and particularly where the trips are designed for one person perhaps with a travelling companion.
There is ample anecdotal evidence to suggest people are not attending to medical appointments due to the lack of transport options available. Local Link Cork will endeavour to provide transport throughout the County over the next while. Each request will be assessed on its own basis and will as far as possible be provided at no cost to older and vulnerable people and people with disabilities. Naturally this will not be sustainable long term but during the present pandemic restrictions and while we have capacity to respond the service will remain available as outlined. Also to note the transport is fully accessible.