Don’t let them shut hospi­tal

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Advertiser @ View - Peter Donovan, Glen­mavis

Dear Edi­tor

I was very sad­dened to read the Ad­ver­tiser’s story on the re­port into Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal that states it is not fit for pur­pose.

It seems as­tound­ing to me that the re­port is rec­om­mend­ing fur­ther spend­ing of £30m for re­pairs to the hospi­tal, given the amount of money spent on it over the years.

It re­ally doesn’t bode well at all for the fu­ture of the hospi­tal as I fear this may give the pow­ers-that-be the ex­cuse they may have been look­ing for to close the hospi­tal down.

If that was to hap­pen it would be a real shame and have a colos­sal im­pact on many peo­ple across Mon­k­lands.

As has been doc­u­mented on many oc­ca­sions, it is very, very dif­fi­cult for peo­ple who have to use pub­lic trans­port to get to and from Wishaw and Hairmyres hos­pi­tals from Mon­k­lands.

Clos­ing down Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal would lead to chaos for a lot of peo­ple and even if more than £30m has to be spent to get it up to the stan­dards re­quired I would hope that’s a de­ci­sion that is made for the good of lo­cal peo­ple.

Don’t for­get too that the won­der­ful Mag­gie’s fa­cil­ity is on the grounds of the hospi­tal and how would it look if that was left on its own while the hospi­tal per­ishes?

Ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble has to be done to make sure Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal has a long-term fu­ture.

The con­se­quences of the al­ter­na­tive doesn’t bear think­ing about.

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