NHS chief pays tribute to Dr Murphie

Among the many people who have paid their heartfelt tributes to Dr Robbie Murphie, who died in a motor cycle crash last Saturday, was NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief executive Jeff Ace.

Mr Ace said: “I was very sorry to hear about the tragic death of Dr Murphie at the weekend. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

“Dr Murphie was an outstanding GP who was held in high regard by the Health Board, his colleagues in the practice and, of course, by his patients. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”

Dr Murphie was also remembered with a minutes silence at the end of the Wigtown Riding of the Marches at the Mercat Cross on Sunday evening.

Fifty-two year-old Dr Murphie, who lived in Braehead, Kirkinner with his wife and three children, was a GP at the Loch Ree practice based at the Waverley Medical Centre in Stranraer. He has previously been in practice in Wigtown.

Following the accident, Police Scotland released the following statement: “A 52-year old man has died following a road crash on the A75, near Carsluith Village, Newton Stewart, on Saturday 27 June.

“Dr Robert Murphie died when his Ducati motorcycle was involved in a collision with a Landrover around 1140 hours in the morning. Dr Murphie, known as Robbie, died at the scene. His family are aware.

The 65-year old male driver of the Landrover and his female passenger, aged 44, were not injured.

The A75 at Carsluith Village was closed for approximately seven and a half hours, re-opening at 1930 hours. Local diversions were put in place. Enquiries in to the crash are ongoing. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”