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Local MSP tours Borders health centre

Christine Grahame MSP, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Credit: ITV News Border

A local MSP has been meeting staff and patients at the largest health centre in the Borders.

Midlothian South, Tweedale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahme visited Galashiels Health Centre on Currie Road to find out how staff there are coping.

She discussed with GP's how government policies such as the so-called bedroom tax are affecting health issues.

Ms Grahame said:

"One of the biggest and newest issues is the impact of the benefits cuts, as well as bedroom tax on patients here.

"The GP say there are more people stressed, more people taking antidepressants, and GP's are having to fill in more forms to support patients.

On the facility, she said:

"It is good to have brought together district nurses, community pharmacies and paediatricians and NHS Borders has facilities here.

"It is all under one roof and allows people to access healthcare from a central location"

Local politicians 'disappointed' with court closures announcement

Local politicians have expressed their disappointment at the Scottish Courts Service, after they announced that they want to press ahead with plans to close Peebles, Duns and Kirkcudbright Sheriff Courts by January 2015.

"This is simply another case of people here being ignored by the Scottish Government. I am now seeking a full explanation for this disappointing decision, and checking to see if anything else can be done to these courts.

"I will also be lobbying the Scottish Parliament who will now have to approve this proposal, and also lobbying Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill.”

– David Mundell MSP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Scottish Conservatives

"I am very disappointed at the recommendation to close Peebles Sheriff Court.

"I made a strong representation to the Scottish Courts Administration both as the MSP for Peebles and as a former court lawyer as to why it should remain open to deliver local justice.

“I continue to oppose closure but in the meantime, as a back-up am pursuing the relocation of court business to Galashiels as a justice centre and if required, in the interim, should Peebels close, for business to transfer to Selkirk. “

– Christine Grahame MSP, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, SNP