Camp­bel­town doc­tors’ surgery merger ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tinue

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

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.

Strength­ened

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 don­ald.watt@nhs.net.

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