Ma­ter­nity clo­sure was al­ready con­sid­ered

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

Plans to shut theVale of Leven Hospi­tal’s ma­ter­nity unit were first drawn up by health bosses six years ago.

A doc­u­ment ob­tained by Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie un­der Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion leg­is­la­tion out­lines that the birthing ser­vice was in the fir­ing line in 2011.

But health bosses have been frank in con­firm­ing that there have been pro­pos­als to switch lo­cal births to Pais­ley in the past.

Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie, who sup­ports the Len­nox Her­ald’s Save Our Ser­vices cam­paign, said:“No won­der the health board stopped try­ing to pro­mote theVale ser­vice in 2011. It looks like they have sim­ply waited for birth num­bers to fall even lower so they can make a bet­ter ar­gu­ment for cen­tral­is­ing the ser­vice.

“This is a much-val­ued ser­vice at the Vale of Leven Hospi­tal and we need a re­newed com­mit­ment to the prom­ises made to in­crease birth num­bers with a high-pro­file mar­ket­ing cam­paign.”

The con­sul­ta­tion over the cur­rent birthing unit clo­sure plans will be con­sid­ered by the health board dur­ing their May meet­ing.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion, how­ever, on shut­ting the unit will be taken by health sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son as she deemed it to be a ma­jor ser­vice change.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde told the Len­nox Her­ald yes­ter­day (Tues­day) that the health board has made“no se­cret”of pro­pos­als to trans­fer births from the Vale Hospi­tal to the Royal Alexan­dra Hospi­tal in Pais­ley.

She added: ”We have con­sulted on these pro­pos­als on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. Since the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary there have only been three births at theVale of Leven com­mu­nity mid­wife unit (CMU).

“Most women who choose to have a mid­wife de­liv­ered birth at­tend the Royal Alexan­dra CMU which pro­vides the re­as­sur­ance that there are med­i­cal and neona­tal ser­vices on site.

“We have al­ready made clear the ma­jor­ity of ante-na­tal and post-na­tal sup­port will con­tinue to be pro­vided lo­cally by the ded­i­cated clin­ics pro­vided by com­mu­nity mid­wives.”

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