Approval for new surgery finally rubber-stamped

July 29, 2013

The people of Meigh look set to finally be able to avail of a modern medical service with the confirmation that the long-anticipated new-build surgery is to become a reality.

Resident GP Dr Giby confirmed that the necessary administrative paperwork has been rubber-stamped to allow the scheme to progress, with a commencement date set for autumn.

Sinn Féin’s Assembly Member in the area, Megan Fearon, has been to the forefront of the campaign to have the existing antiquated surgery replaced with modern and fit for purpose facilities.

Describing her satisfaction on learning that the scheme has been given the green light, Ms Fearon said: “The people of Meigh have waited many years for adequate medical facilities and I am delighted that there will now be a state of the art medical centre constructed in the heart of Meigh village.

“Public demand has led to Sinn Féin working on this campaign for the past eight years and there have been various interventions by my colleagues Conor Murphy MP and Councillor Packie McDonald during that period, all to no avail.  On many occasions there appeared to be light on the horizon but each time there were stumbling blocks to be overcome.”

Commenting on the results of the recent meeting she facilitated on the issue, Ms Fearon added: “With the help of local Sinn Féin activists in the area I set up a public meeting which was well attended by members of the community, the Southern Trust and Dr Giby.  This gave people an opportunity to express the need for new facilities and I believe it was a turning point in bringing the project to fruition.

“I am delighted that Meigh residents will no longer be forced to attend their doctor or nurse in inadequate premises and the disability access and parking issues associated with the current surgery will be a thing of the past.”

Ms Fearon conveyed her appreciation to Dr Giby and representatives of the Southern Trust, along with her party colleagues in Sinn Féin, for helping bring the campaign to fruition.