Vision for the Vale ‘in tatters’ after snub
Campaigners hit out at ‘weak’letter response
A leading Vale of Leven Hospital activist has blasted the Scottish Government for leaving the future of the Vale “in tatters” after his campaign group was again snubbed by the health secretary. nothing of substance. The health secretary has snubbed us but by April 28 we will make it abundantly clear that’s not acceptable.
“She feels it’s inappropriate to come and see the campaign group. She’s treating us with contempt and that’s wrong.
“The health secretary, with respect to her office, doesn’t fully understand what’s happening in Alexandria.
“If she came to see the hospital, she would see a shell, a shell of it’s former self.”
We reported earlier this month that Hospitalwatch had written to the health secretary demanding answers for the local community and asking her to come to the area to meet with campaigners to discuss the Vision for the Vale which was set to transform services in the area. She declined a similar invitation last year.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “As the health board’s proposals represent a major change to services, they may be subject to formal public consultation and ultimately become subject to ministerial approval.
“As a result, it would be inappropriate to meet with local people until after the public consultation period is complete. Ms Robison will be happy to meet with local campaigners and their representatives to help inform her final decision on any proposals that may be referred to her once the formal consultation period has concluded.
“Ms Robison has been consistently clear that she sees a bright future for the Vale of Leven Hospital, which plays a crucial role in the local healthcare system, and has received assurances from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde that the continued provision of comprehensive hospital, community and primary care services at the Vale is a key priority for the health board.”
A vigil will be held at the hospital on Friday, April 28 reaffirming the community’s condemnation of the lack of investment and threats to services at the Vale of Leven Hospital.
Fight Jim Moohan said the heath secretary has snubbed campaigners
Fears The fight to protect services at the Vale Hospital hospital, including the maternity unit, will continue with a vigil