MSP calls for Health Board’s secret strategy to be revealed to local public
By Glen Douglas
MSP Jackie Baillie, pictured, has called on the board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to clarify the impact that their service changes will have on the Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria.
At a meeting of the board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde their ‘Moving Forward Together’ report was approved. This means that the framework for changes to the way services are delivered to patients has been agreed and those changes will now be planned in detail.
Only one member of the board, Labour Councillor, Jim Clocherty, representing Inverclyde Council noted his dissent. Councillor Jonathan McColl was missing from the meeting. However, the health board has been silent on the impact that their changes will have to individual hospitals throughout the area, with no clarity on what services may be removed from the Vale of Leven hospital, and where patients will have to go to access these services.
Jackie is also asking the Health Board to ensure that there is a full consultation with members of the public and stakeholders and that the decision is taken by the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport due to the potential for significant service change associated with this decision.
Jackie Baillie said: “A paper was approved at yesterday’s meeting of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde which will see whole scale change to the way health services are delivered to people across the area. Yet, the health board has not provided any clarity to patients in my constituency, or across the area, about the potential impact that this decision will have on local hospitals such as the Vale of Leven in Alexandria. I am demanding to know what this means for the Vale of Leven hospital.
“It is clear that patients need to know how these service changes will affect them and I am calling on the health board to provide full transparency in relation to this decision and undertake a full consultation process with members of the public and stakeholders. I am also calling for the final decision to be made by Ministers rather than the Health Board as the suggestions made in the paper will result in significant service change in our area.
“I have asked for an urgent meeting with the Health Board Chief Executive as they cannot sweep this under the carpet. Local people deserve detailed answers about the implications for local services.”