The community is furious that Rosslea GP surgery has been shut down for good. The patients associated with the surgery have been taken over by Maple Group Practice based in Lisnaskea. However, the 1,400 patients are not very happy with this development as this shift will mean long waiting times and also a time-consuming commute.
The GP surgery is not the first services that Rosslea is losing. It has lost the sub-office of the local bank; its post office has shifted to a local shop; and the number of buses serving the village per day has been reduced. The village is also losing its college as it has been amalgamated with the college in Lisnaskea.
Brian McCaffrey, the councillor, expressed his unhappiness over the closure and reduction of so many services.
No applications from GP Contractors
Rosslea has not received any GP application from the UK or Ireland to fill in the position at the GP surgery, which requires just one GP. The original GP retired in June 2016, leaving the position vacant. Initially, locum GPs were sent from the Western Rural Healthcare and Maple Group Practice.
The Health and Social Care Board is looking for an NHS contractor and has even offered the opportunity to several deserving candidates. However, it has not been able to sell the advantages of working in Northern Ireland’s Lake District.
As no NHS contractor has applied for the position, the Health and Social Care Board is left with no other option but to begin negotiations with the Maple Group Practice, which has acquiesced to take on all the patients who were being treated by Rosslea Surgery.
Other GPs in the area have stated to provide safe and quality care to patients, just Maple Group Practice has the necessary resources. It has two surgeries – one in Lisnaskea and the other in Newtownbutler.
As GP are considered independent NHS contractors, GPs appoint other GPs to join their team; and Maple Group Practice announced that is working hard to find the right GPs so that all patients get the required care.