Glasgow’s GP out of hours services are still available
Rutherglen and Cambuslang patients will continue to access out of hours GP services at Glasgow hospitals for the immediate future.
The publication of the Scottish Government’s response to the Ritchie Report last week seemed to put to bed suggestions locals could be told to use services in Lanarkshire.
The SNP this week accused rival parties of “scaremongering” on the issue.
In response, those who campaigned against changes say they remain unconvinced the situation will remain the same in the long term.
Professor Sir Lewis Richie OBE published his report last year, but the Scottish Government only gave their response last Tuesday, the day before parliament dissolved.
Health minister Shona Robison announced a £4.5 million project will see test sites in East Kilbride and Coatbridge.
SNP candidate at the forthcoming Scottish election, Clare Haughey, said: “I know many local people took part in the consultation and the Scottish Government has listened to them.
“This campaign targeted older people and the most vulnerable in our community - scaring them with misinformation.”
But James Kelly, who is standing for Labour, said: “I believe local people must remain vigilant. People do not forget how NHS Lanarkshire tried to slip through a change to Hamilton with limited consultation. As a result, I will be keeping a close eye out for any developments that may affect the current arrangements.”
Councillor Robert Brown, who is standing for the Liberal Democrats, recently wrote to the chief executive of NHS Lanarkshire asking for assurances about he future of out of hours.
He said: “It is now time for Lanarkshire health board to give an unequivocal commitment that the Rutherglen and Cambuslang GP out of hours at the New Victoria Hospital will remain and that local patients will not need to worry about having to go to Hamilton or Airdrie.”
Conservative candidate, Taylor Muir, said: “It’s vital that elderly people in particular are able to access vital services as close to their local community as possible, rather than being told to go to Hamilton or East Kilbride.”