MSP has wor­ries over pos­si­ble surgery move

Strathearn Herald - - INTIMATIONS -

Green MSP for Mid Scot­land and Fife, Mark Ruskell, has ex­pressed con­cerns that NHS Tay­side’s pro­posal to move emer­gency surgery from Perth Royal In­fir­mary to Ninewells in Dundee could have a num­ber of neg­a­tive ef­fects.

Mr Ruskell fears that the move could place an un­due bur­den on pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and car­ers in Perthshire who would be re­quired to travel to Dundee should emer­gency surgery be re­quired.

The lo­cal politi­cian claims it is well known that NHS Tay­side is fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to fi­nance and he is con­cerned that the de­ci­sion has been taken prior to the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, which closes next week.

There are also con­cerns that the re­moval of emer­gency surgery from PRI will be just the be­gin­ning, with fur­ther ser­vices cut from the hos­pi­tal in years to come.

Mark Ruskell said: “It seems that lit­tle con­sid­er­a­tion has been given to pa­tients, fam­i­lies and car­ers who would be ex­pected to travel this ex­tra dis­tance to Dundee, while there is un­cer­tainty over the ad­di­tional bur­den this move may place on the am­bu­lance ser­vice.

“It ap­pears that NHS Tay­side have al­ready made their de­ci­sion. Emer­gency surgery has al­ready ef­fec­tively been re­moved, al­though this is only a ‘tem­po­rary’ mea­sure at the mo­ment.

“When I ques­tioned the Scot­tish Govern­ment about this is­sue the Health Sec­re­tary, Shona Ro­bi­son, con­firmed that as it is a ma­jor ser­vice change ‘min­is­ters will ul­ti­mately have the fi­nal de­ci­sion on any rec­om­men­da­tions ap­proved by the NHS Board. ’I am sure Ms Ro­bi­son will give due con­sid­er­a­tion as to whether the ser­vice should re­main at PRI or move to Ninewells in her home city.

“The ques­tion of PRI’s fu­ture is also raised by this de­ci­sion to down­grade its surgery de­part­ment, and I would wel­come clar­i­fi­ca­tion from NHS Tay­side around fu­ture plans to re­move any more ser­vices from the hos­pi­tal in the years ahead.”

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