FUNDING announced recently to aid flailing GP services across the North will do little help patients in Roslea, according to the local campaign group set up to save services in the village.
Earlier this month is was announced £5 million of the from the funding package that was part of the Conservative-DUP “confidence and supply” deal would be spent on GP services. Specifically, the funding would go to funding mental health specialists, social workers, and physiotherapists to work with doctors and nurses.
Here in Fermanagh, where GP services are at crisis point across the county, the announcement was quietly welcomed. However, as Fermanagh Save Our Services have pointed out, it simply isn’t enough to help replace the services already lost here, such as in Roslea.
“Investment in the health service and in particular GP Services must be welcomed but unfortunately we fear the funding is just a dip in the ocean,” said a spokesman.
“It is our understanding that most of the funding for primary care services will go into the rolling out of multi-disciplinary teams at GP practices.”
They continued: “The people of Roslea and its hinterland eagerly await the restoration of medical services to our area, unfortunately it would seem that the funding available will not help our plight.
“They find it impossible to understand why doctors travel the much shorter distance to Newtownbutler to meet the needs of their patients and will not countenance providing a similar service in Roslea.
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