As­sur­ances on GP ser­vice ‘un­re­li­able’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Ruther­glen coun­cil­lor has said the threat to the area’s out of hours GP ser­vice re­mains real de­spite the SNP’s in­sis­tence it is safe.

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown said as­sur­ances to lo­cal peo­ple were “ground­less”.

Two weeks ago, the Re­former re­ported that Mar­garet Ferrier MP and SNP can­di­date at next year’s Scot­tish elec­tion, Clare Haughey were urg­ing peo­ple to have their views heard on the is­sue.

Ms Ferrier said she has been as­sured out of hours ser­vices for lo­cal peo­ple would re­main at the New Vic­to­ria.

But Coun­cil­lor Brown said this week: “I read what Mar­garet Ferrier had to say in the Re­former last week with to­tal amaze­ment – but no sur­prise.

“Her in­ten­tion was to muddy the wa­ters and give smooth but un­re­li­able re­as­sur­ances to lo­cal peo­ple.

“Ev­ery­one knows that NHS La­nark­shire have made a tem­po­rary but tac­ti­cal re­treat in the face of strong lo­cal op­po­si­tion to the po­ten­tial loss of GP out of hours ser­vices from the Vic­to­ria.

“Lo­cal peo­ple have made their voices heard on this is­sue loud and clear.”

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