Beds decrease at St John’s Hospital
The number of beds at St John’s Hospital in Livingston have fallen dramatically over the last few years, new figures have revealed.
Figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives showed the number of intensive care beds had dropped from 25 to 14 between 2003 and last year. The number of general beds fell from 503 to 432 over the same period.
Shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said the hospital, which recently saw the closure of a children’s ward, was being deliberately downgraded.
Health secretary Shona Robison said: “St John’s Hospital is a vital and valued acute facility and we remain committed to services there. Bed numbers have changed over the last decade for a variety of reasons - in particular changes to the way healthcare is delivered and advances in medicine leading to the welcome result of shorter hospital stays, same day surgery and more care in the community. All of which benefit patients.”