The GP surgery in Roslea, County Fermanagh will close at the end of this week, leaving the village without a doctor for the first time in more than 100 years.  Patients will be transferred to Lisnaskea.  Local politicians say this will mean longer journeys and waiting times for appointments. Temporary cover was provided when the former GP retired in June 2016. However, despite the post being widely advertised within the UK and Republic of Ireland no one applied to take on the contract. At the time, the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) advised that “patients should not be unduly concerned as final arrangements are still being confirmed” and said “quality medical services will be maintained in Roslea.” But in an update this week the HSCB confirmed that the surgery would close and patients transferred to the Maple Healthcare practice in Lisnaskea .However, the board has plans for a new Health and Care Centre in Lisnaskea.  Sinn Féin councillor Thomas O’Reilly said patients had been “seriously misled” when they were told last year that the surgery in Roslea would be retained.

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