Moore plea on local hospitals

Local MP Michael Moore is to meet local NHS chiefs as he campaigns against possible moves by NHS Borders to close community hospitals in the Borders.

A review is currently being carried out by NHS Borders, and community hospitals in Hawick, Kelso and Duns could be at risk of closure.

Mr Moore has started a petition on his website ( to gather support against the proposed closures. He has also written to NHS Borders in advance of the meeting in early January to urge them to ensure local community hospitals remain open.

“I am deeply concerned that our local community hospitals in Hawick, Kelso and Duns may be in danger of closure,” he said today.

“These hospitals provide a vital service to people here in the Borders and it would be devastating to our local communities if we were to lose them.

“I have written to NHS Borders calling for clarity around the review and for assurances that the threat to our Community Hospitals will be lifted.

“The closure of our local hospitals must not happen so I am urging NHS Borders to think again.”