Glas­gow’s GP out of hours ser­vices are still avail­able

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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