MSP quizzes Ministers over Vale Hospital’s future
Health Secretary Jeane Freeeman, Jackie Baillie and Vale of Leven Hospital.
Dumbarton MSP, Jackie Baillie, has today questioned ministers about the future of the Vale of Leven Hospital after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board agreed plans which will see changes to over 30 service areas, including Out of Hours services, last week.
Jackie told Joe Fitzpatrick, the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, that despite the health board agreeing to the plans, there has been no indication about what the changes will mean for local hospitals across the area, including the Vale hospital in Alexandria.
She called on the Minister to give a guarantee to patients that the information on hospital provision will be provided urgently and that the significant changes such as these will be subject to consultation.
An invitation was also issued to the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, to visit the Vale of Leven hospital.
The MSP said: “It is shocking that the health board would agree to full scale service change on this level without carrying out a consultation with the public, or indeed providing details of how the changes will impact on local hospitals across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“I have called on Ministers to give patients the information on hospital provision urgently as well as agreeing that a full consultation must be undertaken.
“I have written to Jeane Freeman to visit the Vale of Leven hospital with me and meet members of my community who are concerned about the future for the hospital if these changes are made.”