Jim’s anger over new NHS savings plan
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.