Your invitation to key public meeting on healthcare in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

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The key theme of out-of-hours healthcare will be put in the spotlight at the first meeting of an influential local group on Tuesday, January 12.

Cumbernauld Community Forum will meet at 7pm in Cumbernauld College and will boast two guest speakers.

One is local man Donald Masterton who is not only involved with CCF but is the chairman of NHS Lanarkshire Public Partnership health group.

Mr Masterton will be sharing his fears about the calibre of care available to those outwith normal surgery hours in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth in the wake of the report.

He believes that locals are receiving a raw deal and that the matter needs to be urgently addressed.

Mr Masterton said: “There are 28 proposals covering the health service and our interest concerns the fact that out-of-hours care is not fit for purpose.

“We now want to know when this will start.

“We also want to know whether the funds will be given in full to operate this service.”

The other speaker will be junior health minister and local MSP Jamie Hepburn,

The Scottish Nationalist confirmed: “I will focus on the national review of the of the out-of-hours service and will be happy to speak with those in attendance.”

Meanwhile, locals are being urged to attend.

Forum chairman Billy Lees stressed: “This is an open meeting for the community and an important meeting.

“So a good turnout is expected. ”