By Lucy Ashton
Vale of Leven District General Hospital was the first hospital to be opened in Scotland after the Second World War. That was in 1956.
Ever since then it’;s future has been in doubt and services the subject of controversy because political regimes change and health boards have been reorganised.
Now the SNP, who have had the Sword of Damocles hanging over the hospital under three Health Secretaries, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison and Jeanne Freeman, who is about to retire, the Nationalists are claiming there was never any doubt about the hospital’s future.
They have instanced the fact that the building is now being painted inside and out as evidence that all will be well going forward.
Election scalpels out – Jackie Baillie, Nicola Sturgeon and the Vale of Leven Hospital.
However, commenting on the SNP manifesto pledge to provide funds to refurbish the Vale of Leven Hospital, Jackie Baillie said: “If this was money for new equipment such as scanners or to bring new services to the Vale of Leven hospital expanding what is available for local people, then I would welcome this announcement wholeheartedly.
“But the reality is that this money is for building work and could be for nothing more than a lick of paint. And to add insult to injury, the SNP have been in power for 14 years, this funding should have been available before now.
“Local people will see through this. What they want to see are services inside the hospital. I am the only candidate running in this constituency with a proven track record of always putting the needs of the Vale of Leven hospital first.”
Top picture: The official opening of Vale of Leven Hospital by the Queen in 1956.