Thousands back out-of-hours service petition

St Andrews Hospital.
St Andrews Hospital.

More than 3000 people have signed a petition rejecting proposals to close the out-of-hours service at St Andrews Hospital.

The petition was set up by MSP Willie Rennie, who has also set up a public meeting on September 24 at the town hall, starting at 6.45pm.

In response to the support for the petition, Mr Rennie said: “In a short space of time, to already see three thousand people sign the petition demonstrates the strength of feeling locally.

“The opposition to the closure of this service is strong and pressure is mounting on the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership to bring back out-of-hours primary care.

“I welcome anyone with an interest to come along to the public meeting on September 24.”

The service was closed between midnight-8am earlier this year, and has been extended until January.

The service is only available at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital.

A consultation organised by Fife Health & Social Care Partnership has two options for the future of the service in the Kingdom – an overnight service at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline and the Vic, or just a service at the latter.

If you would like to add your name to the petition, visit you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-gp-out-of-hours-services-in-st-andrews.