Village tenders its own out-of-hours service after NHS refuses

A viscount is tendering for an out-of-hours GP service in his rural Scottish village after the local health board refused to provide one.

Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, of Kinloch Rannoch, in Perthshire, has already received bids to provide out-of-hours GP services after placing an advert in last week's GP.

The village has no dedicated out-of-hours GP after the local family doctor retired and his replacement opted out of out-of-hours responsibility.

Viscount Monckton is advertising for GPs to provide cover for less than the health board's estimate of £557,000 a year. NHS Tayside will then have a legal duty to consider any tender put together, he said.

‘We are expecting it to be no more than a third of that figure, and possibly even less than that,' he said.

A spokesman for NHS Tayside said a range of out-hours care was available to the village, including an out-of-hours GP with driver and paramedics based at the Aberfeldy Community Hospital. But the residents think this is not close enough.

Viscount Monckton, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, said Kinloch Rannoch's 589 residents had been left ‘with less cover than a small African village'.


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