Battle goes to Holyrood
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