A GP who has spent the last 21 years tending to the needs and concerns of the Linlithgow community is hanging up his stethoscope for good.
Dr David Cochran, who ran the Linlithgow Family Practice, has decided to retire next month.
But his departure has been tinged with frustration as he claims recent changes in GP contracts and ‘‘dubious targets’’ set by NHS Lothian have forced his hand into retiring earlier than he might have done.
He claimed that more and more paperwork and administration left him less time to spend on the core work of simply caring for his sick patients.
Serious concerns have now been voiced by his patients about the continuity of care as the health board has so far failed to appoint a replacement GP at the practice.
West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, said: “We are currently working hard to reach agreement on the transition and are exploring the options open to us to ensure that additional capacity is in place to meet the needs of patients.”