Residents in Erris are increasingly fearful that parts of the region will be left without a GP from the start of next month.

The Bangor / Geesala / Glenamoy areas face being without a doctor when the current locum takes up a position in Laherdane on 1st February.

The HSE is currently advertising for applications for a GP for the three areas combined -although on Midwest News in recent days, Senator Rose Conway-Walsh said the distances are too far apart for a GP to cover Bangor and Glenamoy.

The closing date for applications is this Wednesday, but it will be several weeks before interviews are conducted for the position, leaving local people concerned about being left without GP services.

That's according to Maura Harrington who's part of a local committee formed last March when a previous GP vacancy arose.

She says that, from the start of next month, instead of four doctors in the Erris area, there will be just two, both based in Belmullet, which she says cannot work.

Ms Harrington says the HSE will have to appoint at least one permanent doctor to the Bangor / Geesala / Glenamoy area.....

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