NHS Tayside chiefs are facing an angry backlash after admitting they have shelved plans for two GP surgeries at a new community centre.
The £10 million Coldside Community Campus was going to include two doctor surgeries as part of the substantial redevelopment of land between Alexander Street and Ann Street.
The practices would have been on the corner where Ann Street meets the Hilltown.
But it has now emerged health board bosses quietly pulled the plug on the plans last year.
Publicly, the board has said this is because it would have been unable to get the facility ready in time.
However, the Tele understands that questions surrounded NHS Tayside’s ability to pay for the new buildings.
A spokeswoman said: “NHS Tayside participated in early discussions regarding local care centres with Dundee City Council.
“In April 2017, the decision was taken not to progress with the proposed healthcare facilities at Coldside.
“This was because NHS Tayside was not able to meet the necessary timelines for the development.”
Local resident Tom Henney has been watching progress at Alexander Street keenly, having previously campaigned against plans to bring a women’s custody unit to the site.
He said it was disappointing that the plans had been shelved, as the local area is in desperate need of new GP practices.
“It would have been very acceptable for locals if they had been built – it was great to see doctors’ surgeries on the plans,” he said.
“Sadly there isn’t much we can do about it. They had said Wallacetown might have moved across to the campus.
“While there’s a surgery just around the corner, Wallacetown is in some state so new surgeries would have been very welcome.”
A Tele investigation earlier this year revealed GP surgeries in Dundee are being forced to suspend their lists due to high demand and a lack of doctors.
Last week, Fintry Mill announced it was closing for six weeks starting from Monday as it did not have enough staff to continue working.
A new GP contract, agreed earlier this year by Scottish doctors, aims to attract new recruits to the profession.