SNP’s WESTMINSTER CANDIDATE MARTYN DAY CALLS FOR SWIFTER ACTION AT GRANGEMOUTH’S KERSIEBANK MEDICAL PRACTICE
Saturday, 11 April 2015 10:30
SNP Candidate for Linlithgow & East Falkirk, Martyn Day, has joined Grangemouth politicians Angus MacDonald MSP and Councillor David Balfour in calling for swifter action from NHS Forth Valley following a ‘mass exodus’ of GPs from Grangemouth’s Kersiebank Medical Practice.
The Practice, which merged two practices into one this time last year has seen four GPs leave since January, with another announcing his departure this week, leaving a shortage of Practitioners. Failure to recruit replacements has exacerbated the situation.
Whilst it is recognised that there is a UK wide issue with regard to GP recruitment, and the problem is not specific to Grangemouth, Forth Valley or indeed Scotland, the current situation is causing concern amongst many of the 10,000 patients registered at the Kersiebank Practice.
Calling for swift action from NHS Forth Valley, SNP Candidate for East Falkirk, Martyn Day said:
“As I canvass Grangemouth and go around the doors discussing local and national issues the problems affecting Kersiebank Medical Practice and the lack of information from NHS Forth Valley are raised regularly.
“The issue seems to be nation-wide, with more and more GPs not willing to take up practice partnerships, particularly female GPs who insist on a realistic work/life balance.
“NHS Forth Valley have an opportunity to turn a crisis into an opportunity here in Grangemouth, however they must keep the 10,000 patients registered at the Practice fully informed.
“I have every faith in NHS Forth Valley coming up with a solution, but it has to be soon.”