A united ef­fort

MSP and union cam­paign to­gether

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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. kelly.msp@scot­tish.par­lia­ment.uk.”

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

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