Momentum builds for Kincardine Well being Centre marketing campaign

A CAMPAIGN to reverse a call to withdraw funding for a brand new well being centre in Kincardine is gathering momentum after a public assembly secured the assist of a number one MSP.

The assembly was organised by Councillor Graeme Downie, Labour Councillor for West Fife & Coastal Villages.

It additionally heard from Jackie Baillie MSP, Shadow Cupboard Secretary for NHS Restoration, Well being and Social Care.

Jackie gave her assist for the marketing campaign and pledged to lift the difficulty at Holyrood with SNP Well being Secretary Michael Matheson.

The present well being centre is unfit for objective, in accordance with Councillor Graeme Downie

Cllr. Downie gave a number of updates on the scenario relating to the present well being centre, saying that it’s a cottage constructed within the early twentieth century.

A 2016 report confirmed it was not match for objective for causes together with an absence of disabled entry, no storage and inadequate house, in accordance with the Councillor.

He added that the Scottish Authorities and NHS Fife agreed a plan and funding for a brand new well being centre within the village which might higher serve the realm’s rising inhabitants.

Cllr. Downie claims that in March 2023, the SNP introduced it was delaying funding till “the second half of the last decade” as a result of it was now not a precedence.

He mentioned that different tasks in Fife affected by the delay embody plans for a brand new well being centre in Lochgelly.

Cllr. Downie additionally mentioned that, regardless of approaches from native individuals, Well being Secretary Michael Matheson MSP has refused to fulfill with native individuals to elucidate the choice.

“It’s outrageous that the individual accountable for breaking their promise…to supply a brand new well being centre is simply too scared to return and clarify that call to the neighborhood,” he mentioned. 

“It might solely take a small diversion of his Ministerial automotive however Michael Matheson is unwilling to even do this.”

He continued: “I’m delighted to have the assist of Scottish Labour and Jackie Baillie MSP.

“I’m certain along with her assist at Holyrood we will proceed to press the SNP Scottish Authorities to do the correct factor and produce again the funding that this centre so desperately wants.”

Commenting, Scottish Labour Well being Spokesperson Jackie Baillie mentioned: “For too lengthy individuals in Kincardine have been let down by an SNP authorities that’s out of concepts and out of contact.

“This well being centre is significant to the local people, however Mr Matheson has not even taken the time to elucidate this choice to the individuals he’s letting down.

“I shall be elevating this subject in Holyrood and hope to listen to from Mr Matheson quickly.”

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