Luke Graham, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, has called for an inquiry to be held into NHS Tayside’s handling of the closure of the Bridge of Earn GP surgery, which is due to close at the end of August.
At a public meeting on Tuesday 27th August Mr Graham, in whose constituency Bridge of Earn lies, secured promises from NHS Tayside that they would discuss keeping the surgery open in September with GPs and give assurances about patient transfers.
In response Mr Graham received confirmation that the GP surgery would cease to see patients in September. However, they did agree to be available for 2 weeks from 2nd September in advisory role to support patient transfer. Furthermore, it was confirmed that all patients should have now received their letters informing them of new surgery location.
However Mr Graham has stuck to his word and called for an inquiry into the handling of the closure by NHS Tayside. Commenting Luke Graham MP said:
“My thanks to NHS Tayside for providing the updates that they have, but this does not excuse their poor handling of the situation up until now. That is why I am calling for an inquiry into how badly this was handled and I have also written and followed up with Jeane Freeman MSP (as has Liz Smith MSP), but have yet to receive a reply.
I will continue to work with local councillors and MSPs to discuss transport and longer term options for Bridge of Earn and the surrounding communities who depend upon the surgery for their healthcare needs.”