A united effort
MSP and union campaign together
Rutherglen MSP James Kelly has pledged to keep the fight going to protect local GP out of hours services from being transferred to Hamilton.
NHS Lanarkshire previously considered stopping the out of hours service provided by GPs in Rutherglen and Cambuslang and moving it to Hamilton, however faced fierce opposition from the local community, including the area’s Labour MSP.
The Scottish Government are in the process of a national consultation which will make recommendations on how GP out of hours services are delivered.
Mr Kelly is keeping the campaign going to ensure the government doesn’t introduce changes through the back door against the wishes of local people.
James took to Rutherglen Main Street with activists from the trade union, Unison, to collect signatures from locals to oppose any changes to the out of hours service.
He said: “The Scottish Government in Edinburgh should be in no doubt that people in Rutherglen and Cambuslang will not support plans to change the out of hours service locally.
“Along with the community I will strongly fight any proposals to change the out of hours service and will be out on doorsteps across the constituency asking residents to back my campaign. Anyone wishing to add their voice to the petition can contact me direct at james. email@example.com.”
The Scottish Government is currently carrying out its own review into the provision of the service.
A spokesperson previously told the Reformer: “As has already been made absolutely clear by the Scottish Government and NHS Lanarkshire, the review conducted by NHS Lanarkshire will be aligned with proposals flowing from the national review in a way that strengthens and enhances future primary care out of hours service provision in Lanarkshire.”
Campaign James Kelly MSP on Rutherglen Main Street with Unison members