A lifeline GP service at theVale of Leven Hospital was again shut at the weekend.
The out-of-hours unit, which provides access to a doctor when the health centre is closed, wasn’t available between 3pm and midnight on Saturday.
The department has been dogged with problems this year which the health board claims is due to staffing problems.
A spokeswoman for the health board said:“The out-of-hours service is facing significant challenges in staffing the existing eight centres and home visiting service for Greater Glasgow and Clyde patients.
“There have been occasions when no GP has been available to cover a specific centre.
“The GP out-of-hours service at the Vale of Leven Hospital was open the majority of the weekend but we were unable to staff the service between 3pm and midnight on Saturday.”
The service is subject to a review in response to a national report by Sir Lewis Ritchie.
Following problems staffing the unit last month, Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie, who backs the Lennox Herald’s Save Our Services campaign, slammed the closures. She said:“Out-of-hours is the most basic service that should be provided at theVale Hospital and the health board need to get their act together and fix this.”