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MP Demands Answers On Out-Of-Hours Service
MP Frank Roy is demanding answers on why Wishaw and Motherwell are not being considered as a location in the radical proposals to shake up the out-of-hours GP service in Lanarkshire.
The out-of-hours GP service based at Wishaw General will be axed under NHS Lanarkshire bosses controversial plans.
It means that patients in Wishaw, Newmains, Shotts and Motherwell would have to travel to either Hamilton or Airdrie to see a GP in the evening or at the weekend.
Mr Roy said: “I would like to know why Motherwell and Wishaw has been discounted as an option from the consultation.
“Why are Airdrie and Hamilton included yet Motherwell and Wishaw not?
“People should know that there were other options and they should include those when they respond with their views to the public consultation.
“The most important thing is that patient safety is not compromised, which I worry is currently the case.
“The solution I would like to see to this is that the existing five sites be given the staffing resources to allow enough GPs to cover the out-of-hours rota.
“That is not even a proposal and I think we should know why.”
The prosposals to end this service comes amid a shortage of GPs willing to work in the serivce.
Now NHS bosses are considering two controversial options to centralise the serivce in Lanarkshire.
The first is to move the service to the Douglas Street Community Health Clinic in Hamilton.
The alternative option is to have two primary care out-hours centres - one in Airdrie Community Health Centre and the other in Douglas Street Community Health Clinic in Hamilton.
Dr Chris Macintosh, associate medical director NHS Lanarkshire, said: “Both Airdrie Community Health Centre and Douglas Street Community Health Clinic offer the right kind of accommodation to allow us to provide high quality GP consultations.
“Staff would be able to work together as a team ensuring a more flexible and safer way of working.”
Now the NHS are giving people a say on their proposals. On Tuesday the 27th they held an open public meeting at Ronald Miller Education Centre based in Wishaw General Hospital.