Moray MP says more should be done to protect local health services

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Douglas Ross MP and Prof Amanda Croft at Dr Gray’s Hospital

Moray MP Douglas Ross met with NHS bosses yesterday to discuss ongoing problems at Dr Gray’s Hospital and said that more needs to be done to reassure people in Moray that everything is being done to keep services.

Commenting after the visit where he met with senior managers Douglas said: “Acting Chief Executive Amanda Croft has held several meetings in Moray today and I was grateful for the update from her and other senior managers but there are still considerable concerns that remain unanswered.

“Crucially, I was seeking clear timeframes and objectives that need to be met before the maternity unit can revert to its previous service that we enjoyed in Moray. Sadly, they were unable to answer these points and have simply said that they will write to me when the information becomes clearer.

“This is simply not good enough and the ongoing concerns that are raised with me about a concerted campaign to downgrade Dr Gray’s Hospital will continue.”

Mr Ross added: “I am very grateful for everything that is being done to keep staff updated, but at today’s meeting I highlighted cases I’ve received from local women who have already found the measures put in place by NHS Grampian with respect to maternity services falls far short of what we should expect in Moray.

“NHS bosses also met with the KEEP Mum campaigners today and I welcome this ongoing discussion but we need action not words.   I will continue to press NHS Grampian and the Scottish Government to do everything possible to reinstate the maternity services at Dr Gray’s as quickly as we can.”