New fears over kids’ ward

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

I write to you re­gard­ing the on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion at St John’s Chil­dren’s Ward.

This week we will pass the 150th day since the ward closed the in-pa­tients out of hours’ ser­vice. Dur­ing this time, we have had yet another re­port by the Royal Col­lege of Pae­di­a­tri­cians con­firm­ing that West Loth­ian needs a 24/7 ser­vice and yet rather than get­ting bet­ter, the sit­u­a­tion has got­ten worse. Last week­end, we saw chil­dren be­ing turned away from even be­ing as­sessed at the hos­pi­tal, never mind be­ing ad­mit­ted. This is a dis­grace­ful state of af­fairs. The SNP gov­ern­ment have been in power for 10 years. The sit­u­a­tion at St John’s has emerged dur­ing that time. Min­is­ters have been re­peat­edly told by the pub­lic and the Royal Col­lege of Pae­di­a­tri­cians to get a grip of the sit­u­a­tion and sort things out – they have com­pletely failed in their duty. This sit­u­a­tion is not good enough - par­ents and chil­dren de­serve much bet­ter than this sham­bolic sit­u­a­tion.

Neil Find­lay MSP.

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