Public meeting to discuss NHS out-of-hours service

Duns Community Council is seeking a meeting with NHS Borders’ chairman and chief executive to discuss out-of-hours GP services in Berwickshire.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13th February 2014, 4:30 am
Calum Campbell, chief executive NHS Borders
Calum Campbell, chief executive NHS Borders

All out-of-hours services are now dealt with from a central point at Borders General Hospital, a shortage of GPs making it impossible for NHS Borders to operate evening and weekend GP care from other centres at Duns, Kelso and Hawick as they had done until the end of last year.

Writing to NHS Borders, Duns Community Council secretary Anne Cummins said: “I understand that you have had many requests for information and complaints about the changes to the emergency medical out of hours service.

“As Mr Campbell stated in the ‘Berwickshire News’ that a “full engagement exercise with the public is in the pipeline”, on behalf of Duns Community Council, I would like to invite you both to a public meeting to be held in Duns, within the next four weeks, at a date of your choosing.”

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Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Council’s chairman, Mark Rowley has already been offered a meeting with the NHS Borders chiefs, which is due to take place today, Thursday.

MSP John Lamont has also made it clear he is happy to attend any public meeting that is arranged.

Writing to Mr Lamont, NHS Borders chief executive Calum Campbell said recently: “I think there is some misunderstanding, and clearly some misreporting of the facts in relation to this matter.

“I would be more than happy to meet with you at the earliest opportunity or to have a telephone conversation with you, if that would be of help to you, in order to give you any information that you wish on this matter.”