Crunch talks as MSP demands quick action at Dr Gray’s

Douglas Ross - dismayed as Neurology patients face further care issues.
Douglas Ross – dismayed as Neurology patients face further care issues.

A MEETING HAS been held between local MSP Douglas Ross and NHS Grampian health chiefs over the recent announcement that Moray’s only Parkinson’s Specialist nurse had tendered her resignation.

Mr Ross expressed the fears of the community over the news, which will affect almost 200 patients in Moray and lays a risk to their continuity of care.

He met with the Chief Officer of the Moray Health and Social Care Partnership, Pam Gowans, to discuss concerns over the shock announcement last week.

Following the meeting Mr Ross said: “I am grateful to Pam Gowans for agreeing to meet with me at such short notice to discuss a matter which is of great concern to many throughout Moray.

“With the current Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse now working out her notice period it is imperative that NHS Grampian act swiftly to allay the fears of those living with this dreadful condition and I am told that an interim plan will be put in place in the coming weeks.

“I welcome the assurance I was given that NHS Grampian will communicate with patients to keep them in the loop of any proposed changes or developments locally. I also stressed how vital it was to address this issue as quickly as possible while also looking to the longer term support offered to those living with Parkinson’s in Moray.

“With the locum consultant due to start at Dr Gray’s in the coming weeks NHS Grampian need to ensure that the continuity of care for patients continues with as little disruption as possible.

“Pam Gowans has agreed to keep me updated as they move forward and I hope that significant progress can be made in the coming days and weeks to ensure that such a vitally important service does not hinge on the availability of a single nurse with little or no contingency in place to provide cover.”

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