Campbeltown doctors’ surgery merger negotiations continue
THE POSSIBLE operation of Kintyre Medical Group by Campbeltown Medical Practice was discussed by senior managers from Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
This meeting, which was positive, also discussed the details of how services would be delivered.
At the meeting, representatives from CMP confirmed that, if the merger was agreed, GP services would continue to be provided from Muasdale, Southend and on Gigha.
This would ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the local communities in these areas.
There is a desire to continue to provide a high quality and accessible primary care service for the patients served by the practices.
This would be supported by the high quality and range of clinical skills of the GPs and wider practice teams in Campbeltown and KMG.
Both the HSCP and CMP agree that the safety and sustainability of continuing to provide the unique triple duty service of primary care, GP out-of-hours and community hospital services for Kintyre would be greatly strengthened by this merger. It is also hoped that it would help with the recruitment of GPs locally.
The other element discussed at the meeting was the new GP contract which the Scottish Government is negotiating with GPs nationally. Details of this contract will be announced by the government in November and, if it is approved by a vote of GPs, will be implemented from April 2018.
It was agreed that a further meeting to consider the implications will be arranged in November.
Both CMP and the HSCP agreed it was important to continue to regularly keep the local communities informed on the progress of the negotiations and it was agreed to issue regular updates.
For further information, please contact Donald Watt, locality manager for Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay, at email@example.com.