A MEETING is being sought with the new Scottish Health Secretary to discuss the "urgent issue" of a replacement health centre in Kincardine.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Alex Rowley has written to Neil Gray MSP asking for talks on the ongoing saga in which has seen plans for a new facility in Kincardine – and Lochgelly – put on hold due to lack of funding.

“People in Fife have been waiting too long already for these essential replacements – a replacement health centre in Lochgelly was supposed to be delivered by 2019, and the first announcement of replacement for the health centre in Kincardine was in 2016." he said.

“I am tired of the SNP using the current financial situation to excuse their total inaction on these issues over the last 17 years.

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“NHS Fife have made clear that these health centres no longer meet the needs of their local populations so it is simply not an option for the Health Secretary to decide against replacement."

A new Kincardine health centre has been in the pipeline for several years with the existing facility deemed not fit for purpose.

Plans had been developed but hopes were dashed last year when the Scottish Government revealed that they were delaying their funding until “the second half of the decade” because it was no longer a priority.