Meeting hi­jacked by health board

Stirling Observer - - READERS’ PICTURES -

As a GP in ru­ral Stir­ling­shire, I am con­cerned at the way in which my fel­low GPs at Aber­foyle and Buch­lyvie surg­eries are be­ing treated.

I have read and heard the press re­leases by the health board to the news­pa­pers and ra­dio sta­tions – none of which has been dis­cussed with the GP prac­tice, which has al­ways been the pro­to­col –and each of them has con­tained clear in­ac­cu­ra­cies.

Also the clus­ter meeting at which op­tions were to be dis­cussed re­gard­ing the fund­ing re­leased was hi­jacked by the health board, namely Dr Stu­art Cum­ming, as­so­ciate med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the health board and GP part­ner at Kil­learn Health Cen­tre, who had dis­cus­sions with my GP col­leagues from Balfron and Strath­blane be­fore the clus­ter meeting.

He clearly has a con­flict of in­ter­est in these mat­ters and surely must re­move him­self from the process be­fore it is brought into dis­re­pute.

The prac­tices in the area have al­ways worked well to­gether and there is no ex­cuse for this sort of treat­ment of GP col­leagues who are work­ing through in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances that are not of their mak­ing.

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