Health boss ‘should quit’
Chief executive under fire
A call for the chief executive of crisishit NHS Lanarkshire to resign has been made this week.
John Pentland MSP, has called for Calum Campbell to make way for someone else to take the reins at the board which includes Cambuslang and Rutherglen in their area.
Speaking about the plethora of longrunning issues such as staff shortages, poor A&E waiting times, GP out-of-hours cuts, and patients waiting many months for appointments, Mr Pentland claimed those in charge need “to face up to the problems” or “make room for those who will”.
And the call comes in the week that it emerged doctors sent a letter to a pregnant woman to tell her that she had miscarried her baby.
But a scan showed her child was in good health.
Mr Pentland said: “I have not been impressed by the NHS chief executive.
“He seems to think that concerns about problems that are growing on his watch are just scaremongering, while the health board, rather than fulfil their role as a scrutiny body accountable to the public, seem to think their job is to defend such comments.
“Like any good marketing department, the press releases from NHS Lanarkshire are relentlessly upbeat.
“I like a good-news story as much as anybody but they shouldn’t be allowed to obscure and get in the way of admitting and tackling problems.
“If chief executive Calum Campbell doesn’t like bad news stories, he clearly shouldn’t have come to Lanarkshire, and if he is not willing to face up to the problems, then maybe he should make room for those who will, and let somebody else have a go – hopefully someone who won’t bury their head in the sand or flinch from criticising the government,” said the Motherwell and Wishaw MSP.
NHS Lanarkshire chief exectutive Calum Campbell, however, hit back.
He said: “As John Pentland highlights, there are many NHS Lanarkshire good news stories.
“We are one of the best performing boards in Scotland for cancer care and routinely outperform the national target for referral to treatment waiting times.
“I think it is right and proper that we shout about these successes by our staff to acknowledge the excellent work they carry out day in, day out .
“We have repeatedly invited Mr Pentland to meet with us to discuss these issues. It is very disappointing that he has chosen not to take up our offer.”
Face problems or make way for those who will