Dis­ap­point­ment over fail­ure to host health con­sul­ta­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Coun­cil­lors in Ruther­glen say they are ‘baf­fled and ‘dis­ap­pointed’ with NHS La­nark­shire’s de­ci­sion not to host a pub­lic meet­ing in the town as it con­sults on fu­ture health care pro­vi­sion.

The health board is visit­ing five towns to get peo­ple’s views on its Achiev­ing Ex­cel­lence strat­egy, but not Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

At a meet­ing of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil last week, coun­cil­lor De­nis McKenna ar­gued un­cer­tainty over the long-term fu­ture of the GP out of hours ser­vice and com­pli­ca­tions aris­ing from Ruther­glen pa­tients at­tend­ing Glas­gow hos­pi­tals mean the area should have been made a pri­or­ity.

He said: “It’s very dif­fi­cult when you get th­ese an­nounce­ments that th­ese meet­ings will be held in Wishaw, Air­drie and East Kil­bride. If they are needed any­where it is in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

“They said there was one in East Kil­bride and that was the end of it. We were very dis­ap­pointed with that.

“Peo­ple are mostly con­cerned about the GP Out of Hours ser­vice and they have never had a proper an­swer to that. We have only been told that it will stay in the New Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal for now.”

“If they are go­ing around five places to give peo­ple up­dates, it baf­fles me they have not come to Ruther­glen, es­pe­cially as some peo­ple use NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde and some use NHS La­nark­shire.”

But Colin Lauder, NHS La­nark­shire head of plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, said the out of hours ser­vice and use of NHSGGC hos­pi­tals were not is­sues cov­ered in the con­sul­ta­tion.

“The lo­ca­tions for the pub­lic meet­ings were agreed with the Scot­tish Health Coun­cil ahead of the launch of the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion,” Mr Lauder said. “In our public­ity ma­te­rial we ad­vised that ad­di­tional pre­sen­ta­tions to com­mu­nity groups could be ar­ranged upon re­quest. To date, we have not re­ceived any re­quests from groups in Cam­bus­lang or Ruther­glen.”

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