MSP has worries over possible surgery move
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.”
Feedback can still be given online via www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk until Tuesday, October 3.