Neil Findlay MSP has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, to invite her to the village of Stoneyburn to listen to residents’ views on the loss of local GP services.
GP provision was withdrawn from Stoneyburn health centre in June 2018 following a shortage of doctors. Last week, a new contractor, Barclaycare, was appointed to the Braehead medical practice, which runs the centre; however, they have decided not to reinstate GP services at Stoneyburn.
Patients have had no other choice but to travel to Fauldhouse to access a doctor’s appointment. There are concerns that this will detrimentally affect older people, those on a low income and people without their own vehicles.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“It is unacceptable that Stoneyburn is set to lose its GP services. This will be the first time this village has had no GP provision since the creation of the NHS in 1948.
“This could really negatively impact on the health and well being of residents.
“The Health Secretary should do the right thing by coming to Stoneyburn and listening to local residents who are demanding that GP services return to the village.