Frustrated patients to protest over surgery closure


Roslea surgery

Frustrated patients of Roslea Medical Surgery are holding a protest at South West Acute Hospital to demonstrate their profound concerns at the recent closure of the surgery.
This Thursday, May 4th, Roslea Save Our Surgery Action Group and the local people will gather at 9.45am to coincide with a Western Health Trust Board meeting which is understood to be taking place at the hospital at the same time.
Mary Maguire, a patient of the Roslea Medical Surgery, is angry to have “received a letter less than a week before the closure was scheduled to take place.”
“The closure of the surgery seems to have been orchestrated in such a way that patients and the general public were given as little notice as possible of the closure so we would not have an opportunity to lobby or question the decision in any meaningful way. A fully functioning, full time, busy surgery was closed in a matter of days. This is totally unacceptable. Decisions like this are detrimental to our community.”
The closure which was announced last month has outraged the local people. The protest has been organised to show the importance of the medical surgery to the rural village, and to show the determination of the people to retain vital services.
“A full and proper medical service is vital in our village. Roslea is a rural village nestled along the Fermanagh/Monaghan border approximately 20 minutes from Lisnaskea and 50 minutes from SWAH, depending on traffic – these logistics alone potentially will put lives at risk in the case of an emergency.
 This decision not only affects the people of Roslea but also the wider community and we would urge anyone who is available, to join the peaceful protest at SWAH on Thursday,” concluded Mary Maguire.

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