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21/Feb/2010

GP Practice re Pharmacy application


After careful reflection I feel I have to respond to Mr Semple's rather disparaging article in last Friday's Citizen and would like to make the following statement on behalf of the Practice.

"In September 2008 on finding out about the original pharmacy application we approached Mr Thiesson in the Post Office expressing our concerns should the application be successful. At that time Mr Thiesson made clear his concerns about the financial viability of Leuchars Post Office and saw the Pharmacy application as a means of boosting his income.

As a Practice we approached Mr Thiesson with a business proposition that would give him extra income (from us), would help safeguard our Practice Dispensing AND would provide an additional service to Leuchars Community.

Sadly that offer was not considered with Mr Thiesson choosing to "stay with the pharmacy" despite being aware of the potential impact on medical services in the area.

I would like to make it clear that there is no campaign against the Post Office. Any threats of a boycott are expressions of individual peoples anger as to what has happened and reflects their feeling that community wishes are being ignored.

If Mr Semple had chosen to engage with the Community he proposes to serve and had he attended the various Public Meetings he would have seen and heard what the communities wanted. He would have heard that we, as a Practice, recognise the importance of having a Post Office in Leuchars and hope that it can continue. Of equal importance are medical services in the area. It is these we are trying to conserve."

As you know the PPC meeting to deliberate on the Pharmacy Application is on 18 February. We are saddened but not surprised to see that Mr Semple has objected to the proposal despite stating quite clearly to that committee and the National Appeals Panel that his only interest was in providing pharmaceutical services to the neighbourghood of Leuchars Village.

Regards

Dr Bryan Johnston



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