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The SNP MSP accompanied Ms Robison to the recently opened Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, followed by a visit to Newton Stewart Community Hospital, and Galloway Community Hospital.
Ms Harper invited the Cabinet Secretary to the region to see first-hand how vital front-line health services are developing to different models of care, and to hear from NHS staff.
Ms Harper – a former employee of NHS Dumfries and Galloway and registered nurse – commented:
“Today’s visit had been positive and productive. I am pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has spent the day and made time to visit facilities in both the east and west of the region. I felt – as did Ms Robison – that it was important for her to come and speak with those working on the front line of the NHS here and see the excellent work that they do.
“Clearly there are challenges facing the Scottish Health Service and NHS in England – but there are a distinct set of challenges to be addressed in rural areas. For example, today we have discussed issues around recruitment, and heard from some of the people at the forefront of changing methods of working including delivering and adopting new models of care.
“I am In very regular contact with constituents regarding the health service in south west Scotland and will continue to work with government, the health board, and fellow MSPs representing the region for the best outcome.
“Ms Robison’s visit today will certainly be useful going forward.”