Jim’s anger over new NHS sav­ings plan

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acute ser­vices in the area to de­liver the“high­est qual­ity of care”for pa­tients. How­ever, the dossier doesn’t go into spe­cific de­tail of planned sav­ings at in­di­vid­ual hos­pi­tals.

Health sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son is still to con­sider plans to close birthing units in theVale of Leven and In­ver­clyde and trans­fer all births to the Royal Alexan­dra Hospi­tal or the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal.

Jim said:“The hospi­tal is a shell of its for­mer self. We can’t sus­tain that long term un­less there’s some form of pro­tec­tion put round the hospi­tal.

“There’s a five-year strat­egy from the health board. I tried to think where we would be in five years. It’s as if the hospi­tal is wait­ing to die.

“We are more or less in limbo. Ev­ery­body is let­ting us down. I was at the hospi­tal on Satur­day. There was no­body on re­cep­tion.There was com­plete si­lence. I thought‘this isn’t a hospi­tal’. It’s just wait­ing to close down.”

Jim has writ­ten di­rectly to the Health Sec­re­tary de­mand­ing an­swers for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

In the let­ter, he has said:“At present the ma­ter­nity ser­vices are un­der di­rect threat of com­plete re­moval.

“That , as in other hos­pi­tals, is the very core of life and at the heart of health care and if re­moved the hospi­tal is then judged a sec­ond tier of health needs within the com­mu­nity.

“We con­tinue to be sub­ject to an on­slaught of cuts that we are now near­ing a po­si­tion of non-vi­a­bil­ity in the view of the health board.

“Cen­tral­i­sa­tion of ser­vices we be­lieve the goal of the health board is lead­ing to theVale of Leven Hospi­tal to­tal col­lapse.”

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has de­nied the re­port would have been acted upon. How­ever cam­paign­ers have been left alarmed at the pro­pos­als out­lined within the doc­u­ment.

Jim said:“The na­tional clin­i­cal strat­egy doesn’t take in the ge­o­graph­i­cal needs and the trav­el­ling dif­fi­cul­ties of peo­ple in this area. That’s be­ing com­pletely ig­nored.We need a re­turn of ser­vices.”

We ex­clu­sively re­vealed last month how a grand­mother had faced a 10-hour wait to get a bed and was stuck in a side room in the ca­su­alty depart­ment at Pais­ley with no call but­ton.

The 64-year-old soiled her­self twice as she was too frail to get out of the trol­ley and go to the toi­let.

And last week aTul­lichewan pen­sioner who stays a stone’s throw from theVale of Leven Hospi­tal was left wait­ing al­most four and a half hours for a sched­uled ap­point­ment at Pais­ley’s Royal Alexan­dra Hospi­tal.

Mat­tie Armstrong, who is 88, left home with her son at 8am in or­der to bat­tle rush-hour traf­fic and en­sure she was at the Pais­ley unit in time for her out­pa­tient ap­point­ment.

But the woman, who has on­go­ing prob­lems with her back, was faced with a lengthy wait. Jim said:“She was sit­ting in a wheel­chair all that time. It’s dis­grace­ful.”

Mat­tie was then back at the hospi­tal the fol­low­ing day when she was re­quired to at­tend to get her re­sults.

This lat­est con­cern comes in the week it emerged that the RAH is third from bot­tom in the A&E wait­ing list league

The lat­est NHS fig­ures show that 142 peo­ple had to wait more than four hours and seven peo­ple waited more than eight hours in the week end­ing Jan­uary 22.

More than one in 10 pa­tients at the RAH have to wait longer than four hours at A&E, mak­ing it the third worst-per­form­ing emer­gency depart­ment in Scot­land be­hindWishaw Gen­eral and the flag­ship Queen El­iz­a­beth hospi­tal in Glas­gow.

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