Cairn­hill has its say on hos­pi­tal pro­pos­als

Con­sul­ta­tion to close

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Cairn­hill res­i­dents are “deeply dis­turbed” about the prospect of Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal be­ing re­lo­cated to Gart­cosh as a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posal nears its com­ple­tion.

The area’s com­mu­nity coun­cil, coun­cil­lors and lo­cals have de­liv­ered more than 3500 leaflets to homes, su­per­mar­kets and shops.

Or­gan­is­ers of the con­sul­ta­tion cam­paign are now urg­ing res­i­dents to have their say by giv­ing their feed­back on­line by Mon­day.

Michael McBride, sec­re­tary of Cairn­hill com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “Our main aim was to in­form res­i­dents about NHS La­nark­shire’s cur­rent pro­posal.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we were also in­volved when the NHS closed trauma and or­thopaedics and ward 24 acute psy­chi­atric ser­vices at Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal, which was chal­lenged as a down­grade of ser­vices.

“As a lo­cal com­mu­nity, many res­i­dents are deeply dis­turbed about the pro­posal for Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal to be closed and moved to Gart­cosh; some of their is­sues are no con­sid­er­a­tion for lo­cal travel from Air­drie and sur­round­ing vil­lages to Gart­cosh, new bus and train ser­vices not be­ing guar­an­teed and con­cerns for those who don’t have ac­cess to a car.

“They have also high­lighted the ma­jor im­pact on lo­cal staff who work at the hos­pi­tal part- time, or those who have early morn­ing starts and late night fin­ishes.”

Al­lan McNeil, the com­mu­nity coun­cil’s chair, added: “We would like to thank ev­ery­one for sup­port­ing the de­liv­ery of leaflets to the area.

“This con­sul­ta­tion is cru­cial for Air­drie and the fu­ture of its health ser­vices; it will im­pact on ev­ery­one for many years to come.”

Visit www. mon­k­lands. scot. nhs. uk to con­trib­ute to the con­sul­ta­tion.

In­form­ing lo­cals Com­mu­nity coun­cil mem­bers and res­i­dents with the con­sul­ta­tion leaflets

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