Residents urged to take part in pharmacy review

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People in Tarves, Pitmedden and Methlick are being urged by politicians to respond to a consultation on the future of the pharmacy application process and dispensing GP practices.

Following the opening of a pharmacy in Tarves, the village surgery closed briefly in 2012 amid a wrangle over the future of Haddo Medical Group’s dispensing rights across the area.

The Scottish Government is now seeking the public’s views as part of a review of the relevant legislation on the pharmacy application process.

It will also look at the powers given to health boards to require GP practices to dispense medicines.

North East MSP Alison McInnes and Gordon MP Sir Malcolm Bruce are encouraging local people to make their views known.

Mrs McInnes said: “Over the years that health provision in the area was under threat, it became clear that the existing regulations were not fit for purpose and failed to recognise the importance of ensuring the sustainability of the local health services provided by dispensing GP practices.

“I hope that this review will lead to new regulations which take greater account of local circumstances and the needs of our rural communities.”

Sir Malcolm added: “We supported the practice and the local community at every stage of the process, from the initial application for a pharmacy to the reopening of the surgery in Tarves.

“At the time, local people voiced their dissatisfaction at the rules during packed public meetings, frustrated that their views were not being taken into account.

“They were angry that the Scottish Government did so little to protect local services and avert the closure of the GP surgery.”

The consultation closes on February 20.