North-east Tory forced to apologise after leaflet blunder

Andrew Bowie MP

A NORTH-east politician has been forced to apologise after a leaflet put through doors contained “unclear wording”.

Andrew Bowie’s leaflet had suggested that Aboyne Medical Practice was at risk of closure.

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“I have contacted the Chief Officer from the Aberdeenshire Health and Soical Care Partnership to request a meeting regarding an update on the situation with Aboyne Medical Practicr,” it read.

But the practice were later forced to issue a statement to say there is “NO suggestion that our practice is at risk of closure”.

It added: “We have been in touch with Mr Bowie and have asked him to correct the assertion in the leaflet about our practice and we hope to hear from him soon.

“Please do not be concerned we are here caring for our patients just as we have always been.”

Mr Bowie, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, responded: “The situation I was writing to inform constituents of, is the ongoing challenge facing NHS Grampian in retaining healthcare professionals along the Deeside corridor – specifically at Aboyne hospital.

“Unfortunately due to unclear wording this comes across as regarding Aboyne Medical Surgery; it ought to regard Aboyne Hospital, and I can only apologise for the confusion caused regarding which part of the health facility was being referenced.”

He also apologised for the confusion: “I am very sorry for the hassle and confusion that this has caused; I sought only to highlight the importance of care in our community, as has been raised to me by a number of constituents.”

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