Dunfermline Press

‘How long can the Vic cope’ before someone needs to take action?


“Some residents will have had no issues but there remains a majority spending endless time on the phone to their GP, waiting months for dental care and, of course, let’s not forget the travel to Kirkcaldy for A& E, after ours was taken away.”

Cllr Ellis has long campaigned for a review of Queen Margaret Hospital, with the aim of having more services offered in Dunfermlin­e, and opposed the ‘ centralisa­tion’ of services at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

And he said that, with 1,400 more houses being “built on the doorstep” of the QMH, with work about to start on Taylor Wimpey’s huge developmen­t between Halbeath and Kingseat, that demand for local healthcare will become more acute.

He added: “Over the last 10 years we have seen non-stop housebuild­ing and Dunfermlin­e has been one of the fastest growing areas across the UK in terms of population, yet our emergency medical care is still located in Kirkcaldy which itself is seeing expansion in terms of new homes and population.

“Now we are going to have another 1,400 homes built next door to a hospital that can’t treat emergency cases.

“How long can the Vic cope?

“We need our health services in Dunfermlin­e restored and better workforce planning by NHS Fife and the Scottish Government should form part of the discussion over where Dunfermlin­e goes as a city.”

Cllr Ellis was backed by Lib Dem councillor, and convener of the area committee, James Calder who called on the Scottish Government, and Dunfermlin­e MSP Shirley- Anne Somerville, to intervene.

He said: “The people of Dunfermlin­e have been clear for a long time that we need, particular­ly now we’re a city and a rapidly growing one, proper medical facilities and more services to be reinstated at Queen Margaret Hospital.

“The Scottish Government, and our local MSP, should be doing more to improve healthcare here.”

 ?? ?? Councillor Gavin Ellis outside the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermlin­e.
Councillor Gavin Ellis outside the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermlin­e.

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