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By Amanda Kennedy
Annan and Eskdale

ASSURANCES have been sought from the Scottish Government that cottage hospitals will continue to be supported in Dumfries and Galloway.

In a question to the Health Secretary Shona Robison at the Scottish Parliament this week, MSP Finlay Carson highlighted the important role cottage hospitals play in transitioning patients from hospital to their homes.
However, Robison failed to mention cottage hospitals in her answer to him.
Commenting, the Galloway and West Dumfries representative, Mr Carson, said: “Cottage hospitals play a vital role in the transition for patients from hospital to their homes.
“It allows them to be closer to home and eases pressure on hospital beds.
“I was therefore very disappointed that the Health Secretary totally failed to answer my question.
“I will be writing to her to clarify that the cottage hospital network in Dumfries and Galloway has the full backing of the Scottish Government and Dumfries and Galloway Health Board.”

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