Health cash back­lash

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past -

A pledge that health ser­vices will not be hit by cuts in local gov­ern­ment spend­ing was de­scribed as “a smoke­screen” in Septem­ber 1979.

The out­burst came from Pais­ley MP Allen Adams af­ter Ar­gyll and Clyde Health Board sec­re­tary Mr Wil­liam G Ayling had re­vealed that their al­lo­ca­tion of Gov­ern­ment cash was to be £50 mil­lion – vir­tu­ally the same as last year.

He stressed that work on the build­ing of the new gen­eral hospi­tal and two health cen­tres in the Pais­ley area would con­tinue.

Mr Ayling said: “Con­trary to many re­ports there have been no clo­sures with­ing the board’s area.

“There may have been tem­po­rary clo­sures of some wards – but that was for main­te­nance and up­grad­ing.”

He added that plans for two com­mu­nity clin­ics cost­ing a to­tal of £1 mil­lion in Pais­ley and Bar­rhead were go­ing ahead.

And the £19 mil­lion 700-bed hospi­tal at Meik­leriggs was un­der way.

Mr Adams, who was to ad­dress a rally in Pais­ley of health ser­vice work­ers protest­ing about Gov­ern­ment cuts, said: “The state­ment was a smoke­screen by the board in an ef­fort to pla­cate their own em­ploy­ees.

“There may be no cash cuts as far as Ar­gyll & Clyde Health Board is con­cerned – but there is no in­crease ei­ther.

“It is the sta­tus quo and that is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

“On a re­cent visit to Dyke­bar Hospi­tal I was told there was one trained mem­ber of staff for three wards – and the Royal Alexan­dra In­fir­mary is also over-crowded.”

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