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Health committee to probe out-of-hours care in rural areas

25 January 2010

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A Holyrood health committee is looking into what out-of-hours GP services residents in rural areas receive.

Senior NHS representatives will be quizzed by MSPs after residents campaigned against a decision by NHS Tayside to remove 24-hour local GP cover.

At a meeting in Loch Rannoch, Perthshire, MSPs will gather evidence from NHS Tayside, NHS 24, the Scottish Ambulance Service and residents from Kinloch Rannoch.

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Six years ago, doctors were given the choice about whether to offer round-the-clock care, with services such as helpline NHS 24 standing in as an alternative if GPs chose not to offer a 24-hour service.

Local residents believe the alternate services cannot replace traditional GP care, but the health authority said the issue was still a priority and insisted the options available to the region were reliable and safe.

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NHS Tayside

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