3 September 2015

MP & MSP Meeting with Health Officials on Gamrie Medical Practice

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford and local MSP Stewart Stevenson will be meeting with senior health officials tomorrow (Friday) to discuss this week’s temporary closure of the Gamrie Medical Practice.

Patients of the practice were written to by the health authorities advising that the centre would close temporarily from Monday 31 August as a result of a reduction in GP cover.

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“I am pleased to have secured an early meeting with the health authorities to discuss the situation at the Gamrie Medical Practice.

“Clearly, this situation is far from ideal. While I appreciate that attracting GPs to work in the North-east has been an issue for some time, people in Gardenstown and the surrounding area have been left in an unenviable position and those without private cars now face a difficult journey due to limited public transport in the area.

“This closure is described as temporary so I’ll be seeking details of what actions are being taken to ensure the closure is for as short a period as possible.”

Local MP Eilidh Whiteford added:

“Gamrie was closed at very short notice and I’m keen to explore alternatives with the health authorities so that we have a GP service back in Gardenstown as soon as possible while other longer-term solutions can be put in place.”

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