MACDONALD AND DAY WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NHS FORTH VALLEY ON KERISEBANK MEDICAL PRACTICE
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:16
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald MSP and Martyn Day, SNP Westminster candidate for East Falkirk have welcomed an announcement issued this week by NHS Forth Valley clarifying the situation regarding Kersiebank Medical Practice.
Last week, Martyn Day had called for more information from NHS Forth Valley as the current situation, with 5 GPs leaving the Practice in the space of four months was causing concern in the Grangemouth community.
Welcoming the clarification from NHS Forth Valley, Martyn Day said:
“Clearly Kersiebank Medical Practice has faced a number of challenges in recent months however I’m pleased NHS Forth Valley have dealt with the issue in a pro-active way, turning a crisis into an opportunity.
“I’m pleased NHS Forth Valley are writing to all the 10,000 patients registered with the Practice to detail the changes, which will give them peace of mind following the concerns they’ve had over the past few months.
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said;
“I recently met with senior NHS Forth Valley officials including the Medical Director to discuss the issue regarding Kersiebank Medical Practice and to press them on the need for a quick solution.
“It was highlighted that there is a UK wide issue with regard to GP recruitment, therefore the problem is not specific to Grangemouth, Forth Valley or indeed Scotland.
“More and more GPs are not willing to take up practice partnerships, particularly female GPs who insist on a realistic work/life balance.
“Kersiebank Medical Practice has been actively seeking replacement GPs to no avail. NHS Forth Valley will continue to support GPs who wish to stay at the Practice however it has been decided that the practice will be managed by Forth Valley Health Board from 1st May, with the option to return to a GP managed practice in the future if an opportunity arises. The Health Board is currently actively advertising for GPs for the new ‘community based practice’. This information has not yet been made public.
“In addition, there will be a Pharmacy team based at the new Community Based Practice with a full-time pharmacist present.
“I have been assured by the NHS FV officials that there will be no reduction in service to patients, and the pharmacy team will help free up GPs to attend to patients requiring primary care.