Decision to close GP Out of Hours service in Inverclyde unacceptable, says McMillan

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has written to the Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Health Secretary following today’s decision at a health board meeting to close the GP Out of Hours service in Inverclyde. 

Commenting, Stuart said:

“I am astounded that of the four hospitals chosen to provide Out of Hours GP overnight services, the IRH is not one of them. I simply do not accept that yet again my constituents are having to travel eastwards towards Paisley and Glasgow.

“I am led to believe that there were three GPs working at the RAH in Paisley last weekend, which was apparently more GPs than they usually have, and yet I suspect the Out of Hours service in Inverclyde was closed at the time. Why couldn’t one of these doctors be based in Inverclyde?

“The RAH is roughly a 30 minutes’ drive from both Stobhill and Victoria hospitals. I think this issue is about fairness. Why should people living in Inverclyde have to drive between 30 minutes to an hour to visit an Out of Hours GP but someone living in Renfrew has the choice of three hospitals to attend within a 30 minute radius?

“The IRH should have been chosen to provide Out of Hours GP overnight services and I will be raising this directly with the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. I can accept when services are relocated for clinical reasons, but what I cannot accept is my constituents continually being disadvantaged and having to spend time traveling outside of Inverclyde for health care. It is simply not on.

“In light of trauma patients due to be sent to the Trauma Unit in the RAH or the Major Trauma Centre in at QEUH once the West of Scotland Trauma Network is launched, surely it would be better for IRH to offer a GP Out of Hours service to take the pressure off of the Paisley and Glasgow hospitals?

“I will be raising this at the highest level in both the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Scottish Government.”

Please see below a copy of Stuart’s letter to Jane Grant, Chief Executive of NHSGGC.

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