Anger as Tarves surgery closes doors

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DOZENS of local residents turned out on Friday afternoon to mark the closure of Tarves’ doctor surgery.

Residents and visitors gathered in Tarves Square at mid-day to mark the passing of the facility, which closed after Haddo Medical Trust described the facility as no longer financially viable.

A crowd of around 60-70 residents gathered outside the building at mid-day to mark its final closure. Speeches were given by residents angered by the closure, which many felt had been avoidable.

A black ribbon was tied across the door to mark the occasion, in the hope that in the near future, the First Minister and Richard Carey, Chief Executive of NHS Grampian, will be able to cut it and re-open the facility.

Speaking to the crowd, Susanna Butchard said: “Today we are marking the sad occasion of Tarves surgery’s closure.

“We have been well served by our GP surgery since the NHS was first formed. We are hopeful that all the decisionw hich have sadly led here will be overturned. The situation as it is, is clearly a nonsense. Withdrawing services from a thriving rural community is a nonsense.

She added: “Haddo Medical Group have confirmed that if dispensing services can be retained in Pitmedden, they will re-open the Tarves Surgery. We look forward to seeing this black ribbon cut in the very near future.

“But it is with deep regret that we see our surgery closed.”