Health boss ‘should quit’

Chief ex­ec­u­tive un­der fire

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - By staff re­porter

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

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