Med­i­cal prac­tice merger

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS - Su­san Pater­son, Southend.

Sir,

The merger of Camp­bel­town Med­i­cal Prac­tice (CMP) and Kin­tyre Med­i­cal Group (KMG) ac­cord­ing to last week’s Courier is look­ing pos­i­tive.

This is news to those of us who have been meet­ing with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship for at least two years.

I am in­volved as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Southend and from the Health and So­cial Care Fo­rum (HSCF) and strug­gle to un­der­stand why this is thought to be a good idea.

We are told it is a strate­gic plan but have found that due to a number of cir­cum­stances the KMG prac­tice and pro­posed merger is un­like any­where else due to some unique prob­lems.

To date, ne­go­ti­a­tions have con­sisted of an NHS rep­re­sen­ta­tive meet­ing sep­a­rately with CMP, KMG staff and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pa­tient fo­cus group.

The fo­cus group was formed to ne­go­ti­ate for the pa­tients from West Kin­tyre, Gigha and Southend.

They are happy with what they have apart from the lack of a full com­ple­ment of GPs – partly due to the NHS de­ci­sion to not pro­vide a per­ma­nent con­tract – due to the strate­gic plan and the re­sult­ing un­cer­tainty.

The con­cerns raised by KMG are in re­la­tion to phar­macy, surgery and GP times and vis­its.

We are told that CMP con­firmed that it would con­tinue to meet the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity but to date CMP has re­fused to meet with the KMG rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

A ru­ral prac­tice is not the same as one in the town. We have less ac­cess to trans­port which it­self is lim­ited, a greater pro­por­tion­ally older pop­u­la­tion and in the sum­mer the pop­u­la­tion can dou­ble with hol­i­day­mak­ers.

If CMP takes on KMG it will be at liberty to make changes – what guar­an­tee would KMG pa­tients have if surgery times are re­duced, as well as phar­macy (which to date they have re­fused to take on) and vis­its to pa­tients in out­ly­ing ar­eas?

We are told we would be able to ac­cess the Camp­bel­town surgery which may ben­e­fit those who work in the town.

It is ob­vi­ous that yet again KMG pa­tients and their con­cerns are not in­cluded and has been prompted by the in­put from Michael Rus­sell MSP to the part­ner­ship as a re­sult of the KMG fo­cus group call­ing on him for help.

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