Millport GPs have been told to cease dispensing from April 5, 2013. They have also indicated their intention to resign and retire, handing responsibility for GMS provision back to the health board, NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
The GPs have been acknowledged for their commitment to first class healthcare services and their constructive approach to this matter. Speaking to DDA Online, Dr James Bryson said: “The costs of provision of out of hours cover on islands is a serious problem, and it seems incredible that a Health Board has been willing to rubber stamp a decision which destroys a working model.” He describes the mainland-based committees’ knowledge of island difficulties as “questionable”.
Senior partner Dr James Bryson said: “By next April all three doctors will be past retirement age. We do not feel it would be possible for us to recruit doctors to our existing practice. We hope that [the Board] will be able to come up with a viable model which can provide doctors 24/7 as at present.”
Local patients say they are appalled by the decision and will carry on their campaign to support GP dispensing on the island.