A public meeting will take place in Bangor Hall this Friday evening to discuss the situation surrounding a GP service in the area.

There have been concerns expressed locally about the service in the Bangor area in the near future, after it was confirmed that the current GP has been offered a job in another area and will take that up in the coming weeks.

The issue was raised by Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary and Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh in the past week.

Yesterday evening Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said he had received confirmation from the HSE that the GP in Bangor Erris will resign his position with effect from February 28th to take up a new position in Galway.

He said that the Bangor Erris and Glenamoy practices will be cared for by one GP, on a six month trial period.

The GP position for Bangor Erris will be advertised immediately to ascertain if this post can be fill on a permanent basis following the GP’s departure.

The six month trial period with the one GP covering both Bangor Erris and Glenamoy will be kept under review over the six months.

Minister Ring said while it is disappointing to see the GP leaving the Bangor Erris practice, he is hopeful that when the position is advertised, it will be filled by another GP on a permanent basis.

Friday’s public meeting will commence at 8pm in Kiltane Hall and people in the Bangor, Geesala and Doohoma areas are urged to attend.

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