Beds de­crease at St John’s Hos­pi­tal

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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.”

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