SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is to raise his concern in Holyrood over the number of GP posts that will be cut from rural health centres in the isles.
On Tuesday it emerged that NHS Shetland was removing four GP posts from health centres in Levenwick, Scalloway, Brae, Walls and Bixter to save a six figure sum from its budget.
“Cutting four doctors’ posts across Shetland must have an effect on the level of care,” Scott said.
“GP practices provide an essential service for people so I am concerned that these direct cuts to front line services will have an impact on local people.
“The NHS must explain what the impact will be and I will be asking the health secretary in parliament why cutting doctors’ posts is seen as an appropriate step for patient care in Shetland.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 530 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News