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McCaffrey to call on key leaders and decision makers in health service to save GP services in Roslea at public meeting.

Published: 17 April, 2017

Sinn Féin Erne East Councillor, Brian McCaffrey, is calling on key leaders and decision makers in the health service to explain and agree to work towards innovative solutions to save GP services in Roslea and the wider area.

Councillor McCaffrey said,

"The community understand that decision makers in the health service face difficult choices and recruitment of GPs in rural areas can be problematic.

"However, in South-East Fermanagh we are not convinced that all the options or a proper recruitment trawl for GPs has been undertaken, nor that all innovative solutions to work share with doctors and health service staff in rural areas have been exhausted.

"We have asked leaders and key decision makers in the health service to a public meeting in Roslea Community Centre this Thursday evening at 7.30pm to discuss and explain the current situation and to urge them to work on innovative solutions to save our services and to work constructively and openly with local communities to solve this crisis."

Seán Lynch MLA said,

"Pressures on the health service are largely due to Tory cuts. We are also facing a period of change in GP services where younger GPs are choosing to be part of larger collective practices so that they can spend more time with patients than on day to day management and administration. We understand this. However, we must work together to ensure that people in rural areas do not suffer unnecessarily by not being able to access vital services.

"I would urge people from across the area to attend this meeting, to mobilise and bring positive ideas to the table on how to address this crisis. Together we can devise a credible plan for meeting the challenge and ensuring access to our health services is retained." - Ends/Críoch

Notes for Editor:

1. Dr Sloan Harper, Director of Integrated Care for the Health & Social Care Board will be in attendance at the public meeting at Roslea Community Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday 20th April.

2. Dr Harper will also be attending a meeting with FODC, at Councillor's request, at 2pm on the same day at The Grange, Omagh.