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Moray health group Save our Surgeries to feature on First Minister's Questions (FMQs) tomorrow

By Abbie Duncan

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THE fight for health care in two Moray villages will be front and centre on the national stage tomorrow.

The Save Our Surgeries campaign will feature on First Minister's Questions tomorrow.
The Save Our Surgeries campaign will feature on First Minister's Questions tomorrow.

Moray MP and Conservative Leader Douglas Ross will be bringing forward the case from Save our Surgeries campaigners to First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Thursday).

The Save our Surgeries group and local residents have been campaigning for more than two years to re-instate the health services in Hopeman and Burghead, after both of the local GP surgeries closed.

Campaigners will be in the public gallery to hear Mr Ross lead the debate, in which he will press the case to re-open the vital local healthcare facilities and call for the government – alongside NHS Grampian and Health and Social Care services in Moray – to listen to campaigners and ensure the resources are in place to deliver local access to GP surgeries in communities across Moray.

Mr Ross said: “I have been proud to stand alongside the Save our Surgeries campaigners in Burghead and Hopeman as they continue their tireless efforts to have local GP surgeries in their communities.

“The ongoing closure has had a deeply damaging impact on patients in these communities particularly our elderly and vulnerable and those who have to rely on infrequent public transport to travel to appointments elsewhere.

“The campaigners have been ignored for far too long by those in positions of power including successive SNP health secretaries and officials at NHS Grampian.

“This debate will give campaigners and the local communities who support them a voice in Parliament and I hope the Health Secretary listens closely and pledges to work with the Save Our Surgeries group going forward to deliver the local healthcare facilities people in Burghead and Hopeman deserve.”

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