Bat­tle goes to Holy­rood

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

TheVale Hos­pi­tal will be top of the agenda at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment as cam­paign­ers take their fight to Holy­rood.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity will be bussed through to Ed­in­burgh nex­tThurs­day at the ex­pense of a mys­tery donor from He­lens­burgh.

Ar­ranged by cam­paign group Hospi­tal­watch, an open in­vi­ta­tion has been ex­tended to res­i­dents across the area to join them in their bid to get the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to back the lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

Chair­man Jim Moohan said:“I would en­cour­age ev­ery res­i­dent in West Dun­bar­ton­shire and He­lens­burgh not to miss this vi­tal op­por­tu­nity to put our lo­cal NHS ser­vices at the top of the agenda in Holy­rood.

“We will be send­ing a strong mes­sage to MSPs and min­is­ters: no more cuts at theVale of Leven Hos­pi­tal and bring back our ser­vices.

“With vi­tal lo­cal ser­vices like out-of-hours still un­der re­view, the Hospi­tal­watch cam­paign will con­tinue to keep the pres­sure on the health board to stop the cuts.

“This is an ex­tremely im­por­tant demon­stra­tion and I would urge any­one who is in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing to re­serve their space as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Over 800 peo­ple at­tended two pub­lic meet­ings over the sum­mer, ex­press­ing their anger over con­tin­ued cuts at theVale in­clud­ing the threats to the out-of-hours GP ser­vice which still faces be­ing shut dur­ing the week.

And many said they would hap­pily go to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to make their feel­ings known.

Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie said:“This demon­stra­tion will send a clear mes­sage to NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment that the peo­ple of Dum­bar­ton,Vale of Leven, He­lens­burgh and Lomond are united be­hind pro­tect­ing staff and ser­vices at our lo­cal hos­pi­tal.”

Buses to the protest are now full.

Protest Hospi­tal­watch mem­bers trav­elled to Holy­rood in June to present a bed­sheet signed by 5000 peo­ple

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