Borders MP Michael Moore is to meet NHS chiefs seeking clarity about the NHS Borders reveiw which could put community hospitals in Hawick, Kelso and Duns at risk of closure.
Mr Moore has started a petition on his website www.MichaelMoore.org.uk to gather support against the proposed closures. He has also written to NHS Borders in advance of the meeting in early January to urge them to ensure local community hospitals remain open.
Michael said: “I am deeply concerned that our local community hospitals in Hawick, Kelso and Duns may be in danger of closure. These hospitals provide a vital service to people here in the Borders and it would be devastating to our local communities if we were to lose them.
“I have written to NHS Borders calling for clarity around the review and for assurances that the threat to our community hospitals will be lifted.
“The closure of our local hospitals must not happen so I am urging NHS Borders to think again.”
On his website page, where he urges people to sign the petition which will be forwarded to NHS Borders Mr Moore says: “We need to have clarity around the NHS Borders review, and ensure that the threat to our community hospitals is lifted.
“Add your name to support this very important campaign.”