George: Assurances sought in Senedd over GP out of hours services in Powys
Montgomeryshire Assembly Member Russell George has said that residents in Powys need clear assurances over the future of ‘GP Out of Hours’ services.
The AM has raised concerns with the First Minister Carwyn Jones in the Senedd this week, (Tuesday 23rd January 2018), and asked him to provide assurances to the people of Powys that the area will have outstanding ‘Out of Hours GP services’.
Powys Teaching Health Board have confirmed that they aim to put in place a new service across Powys from Spring this year. They have confirmed that their current contract with Shropdoc (the organisation providing out-of-hours primary care medical services for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and most of Powys) will end this spring.
Questioning the First Minister in the National Assembly this week, Mr George asked the First Minister to personally examine the emerging situation and provide the people of North Powys with a guarantee that if any change to the service took place – it would be an outstanding ‘Out of Hours GP service.’
After questioning the First Minister, Mr George said:
“I pointed out to the First Minister that Powys does not have a District General Hospital so it is all the more important that the people of Montgomeryshire have an outstanding GP out of hours service.
“I have no doubt in my own mind that neither the health board nor any other organisation can currently provide the same level of support as Shropdoc provides.
“To date, the Health Board has not given any public indication of how a replacement service will be provided.
“ShropDoc also provides crucial services to GP practices, in addition to its out of hours service, so there is a significant risk that some GP practices could fold if those services are not available.
“Although the First Minister correctly pointed out that Shropdoc has faced financial challenges, he was not able to offer the reassurance that I asked him to provide. The Welsh Government need to intervene on this issue and give me and the people of Powys clear assurances."