Con­cerns over GP out-of-hours ser­vice

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

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

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