North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles and former Montrose councillor David May have called for a halt to any more unit closures in NHS Tayside after reports that minor injury units in Montrose and Brechin could be under threat.
Mr Rumbles and Mr May have been vehemently opposed to the closure of the Mulberry mental health unit at Stracathro and have raised concerns with the Board over the new health blueprint that could see even more local services removed from communities.
Mr Rumbles said: “I was strongly opposed to the closure of the Mulberry Unit. We should be improving our access to acute mental health services in rural areas of Scotland, not removing them from communities.
“The Health Board’s new plans are now putting other services in Montrose and Brechin in danger as well. I have no doubt that Scottish Government cuts are responsible for many of the difficulties faced by our health services in the North East but simply removing facilities that have a good local record, to cut costs, is not a sensible approach. ”
Mr May said: “We need urgent assurances from NHS Tayside that the minor injury units in Montrose and Brechin will be retained. Closing down local units will not only put more pressure on other parts of our health services, but it will force vulnerable patients to travel long distances to seek medical attention.
“Any further closures could be the death nail for our local NHS and it seems that this obsession with centralisation of services and closing local service such as the proposed closure of our two local infirmaries means Montrose, as well as Brechin area residents are again losing out.”