Luke Graham MP calls for Holyrood enquiry into Bridge of Earn Closure

Luke Graham MP joined over 200 members of the local community, along with local councillors and Liz Smith MSP at the public meeting concerning the closure of the GP surgery in Bridge of search last night.

 

At the meeting Representatives from NHS Tayside explained their reasons for closing the GP surgery citing timing and lack of available doctors as the key drivers.

 

In a heated meeting Mr Graham asked detailed questions about the level of support and consultation with local community as well as asking specifics about patient support and transfer of records.

 

Mr Graham went on to condemn the level of communication with the local community, as well as with elected officials along with promising to work with all levels of government to gain transparency into the decision making process and hold those responsible to account.

 

Commenting after the meeting, Luke Graham said:

 

"The level of communication has been outrageous, days before the surgery is due to close and patients are left with no certainty about their new surgery or if they will have their records by the Friday deadline.

 

I have spoken directly with the GPs and the NHS Tayside Chief Executive to try and find alternative solutions to keep the practice open in the short term. In the meantime, when Holyrood resumes, we need an enquiry to hold NHS Tayside to account. The community have been badly let down, and people have a right to know why."

 

Liz Smith MSP also added:

 

It is my intention to raise this matter with Scottish Government ministers and also with Jenny Marra MSP who is convenor of the Audit Committee given that there are key issues about accountability for decision-making and the spending of public funds. The deep seated anger amongst the community is plain for all to see and, to date, there has been no transparency about why the Bridge of Earn community has been faced with this totally unacceptable situation.