North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie will meet with Marie Curie next Tuesday to discuss their decision to stop providing palliative care services in Fife amid concerns that the new tender set out by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership was “unrealistic and restrictive”.
Marie Curie will stop providing palliative care services in Fife when its current contract ends in May 2018.
Speaking ahead of the meeting Mr Rennie said:
“I’ve been contacted by GPs and health practitioners with real concerns that people with palliative care needs will find their needs being left unmet unless something is done to resolve this problem.
“These services are essential to supplement district nurse support and if we do not find a way forward, pressures will only increase elsewhere.
“Marie Cure have said that they believe the present tender is unrealistic and restrictive and I hope that when I meet with them they will be able to give me more detail about what measures need to be taken to bridge the gap.”
“The Scottish Government need to ensure that health boards have the support and resources they need to deliver for palliative care service users.
“Ensuring quality care and support must be the number one priority.”