Concerns about the number of times the GP Out of Hours Service at the IRH have been raised today in the Scottish Parliament by local MSP Stuart McMillan. Having recently written to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde about the service, Stuart was able to raise these concerns directly with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP.
Speaking after the parliamentary exchange, Stuart said: “I always try my best to work with local and national organisations to support their work and not just criticise them at any opportunity. However, my patience with NHSGGC has run thin with regards the GP Out of Hours service at the IRH.
‘40 closures during 2018 and 77 closures up to the 17th November this year is not acceptable. I understand the health board is facing pressures regarding out of hours GP services, however I do not accept Inverclyde based GPs leaving our area to support other hospitals while the IRH service remains closed.
‘I have already followed up with NHSGGC regarding this issue and hope to meet with Chief Executive Jane Grant to discuss this and other issues in the near future.
‘Ms Freeman has committed to also raise this directly with NHSGGC and I was pleased to learn that the health board is working to recruit a further 75 GPs to work across the health boards Out of Hours GP services.”