Vi­sion for the Vale ‘in tat­ters’ af­ter snub

Cam­paign­ers hit out at ‘weak’let­ter re­sponse

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

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

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