Concerns over GP out-of-hours service
Jim Moohan, from Hospitalwatch, was left raging after receiving a letter from Shona Robison declining the group’s request for her to come to Alexandria to meet with campaigners to discuss their fears over the future of the Vale of Leven Hospital.
And he believes Ms Robison will be given a wake-up call when the community unites for a vigil at the hospital next month to show their support for the facility.
Jim told the Lennox Herald this week: “The health secretary’s letter is weak and is a failure to address the fears and concerns of the communities in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll.
“This has now been a 13-year struggle and they are now 10 years in government.
“Within the letter, she’s not touching at all on capital investment. The Vision for the Vale is now in tatters. There’s The controversy over the Vale of Leven Hospital’s out-ofhours service was discussed at the Scottish Parliament last week after the unit was closed three Sundays in a row.
Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie questioned health secretary Shona Robison on the future of the vital service which provides access to a GP when health centres are shut.
Ms Robison responded: “The Scottish Government has been consistently clear that we see a bright future for the Vale of Leven Hospital, which plays a crucial role in the local healthcare system.
“We have sought and received assurances from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde that the continued provision of out-of-hours primary care services across the Clyde area, including at the Vale, is a key priority.”
The health board confirmed to us last month that the service is under review.
Response Shona Robison