Clydesdale MP David Mundell has expressed his disappointment at the news that GP branch surgeries in Crawford and Wanlockhead are to close.
Mr Mundell had voiced his opposition to the plans which will now see patients in these villages have to travel to either Leadhills or Moffat for appointments when they were first announced in October.
The local representative is keen to promote the transport that will be provided for patients in Crawford and Wanlockhead, saying it is absolutely vital for patients in these communities.
Commenting David Mundell MP said: “This is disappointing news for rural patients in Crawford and Wanlockhead who had voiced their strong opposition to the plans directly to NHS bosses.
"They had made it clear that they wished to have a GP service on their doorstep but it seems that NHS bosses haven't been able to find a way to make that happen.
"It is positive that transport is going to be provided from Crawford and Wanlockhead and I hope this will ensure that patients are still able to see a GP easily when they need to.
“Many residents in rural communities are elderly and rely on public transport so that is why I am pleased to see that transport will be laid on for patients.
"Local services should be kept local so I will be monitoring the new arrangements closely to see how they work in practice to ensure that rural patients get the highest quality service possible."