Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

New health secretary must tackle recruitment crisis

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has challenged the SNP’s new health secretary Jeane Freeman MSP to get to grips with the recruitment crisis facing local health services.

Following Nicola Sturgeon’s reshuffle, Jeane Freeman MSP has taken over from Shona Robison MSP to head up Scotland’s health service.

Mr Carson, who repeatedly challenged Ms Robison to deliver more GP’s and consultants for the area as well as protect services from centralisation, has written to the new Health Secretary asking her to visit his constituency during the summer recess.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I  have congratulated Jeane Freeman MSP on her appointment as Health Secretary, but there is no doubt that she has huge challenges ahead, none more so than in own constituency of Galloway & West Dumfries to urgently tackle in relation to my constituency.

“Only last week I was challenging Shona Robison to do more to recruit GP’s and consultants to rural communities, which have been left facing a staffing crisis in recent years.

“I hope that Ms Freeman can bring a fresh approach to supporting our rural health services with appropriate levels of staffing. I will be very happy to work closely with her to achieve this.

“I also hope that she can reaffirm her predecessor’s commitment to ensuring that services remain local, giving people easy access to services, rather than seeing them centralised.

“I have asked the Health Secretary to visit my constituency during the summer and fully acquaint herself of the major challenges facing the health board in our region and discuss ways on how to address them.”