Courier re­port on health is­sue de­bated in House of Com­mons

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The Courier’s re­port on con­cerns over the fu­ture of an An­gus hos­pi­tal was raised in the House of Com­mons.

For­mer An­gus provost Ruth Les­lie Melville re­vealed she had been in­formed by a health au­thor­ity source Stra­cathro Hos­pi­tal is to close.

The health board said it “re­mained com­mit­ted” to Stra­cathro but added a re­view of ser­vices at the hos­pi­tal and its other fa­cil­i­ties, is un­der way.

The is­sue was taken up by An­gus MP Kirstene Hair, who ad­dressed the Leader of the House of Com­mons Andrea Lead­som at Westminster.

She said: “Stra­cathro Hos­pi­tal in my con­stituency has been re­port­edly con­sid­ered for clo­sure in to­day’s news­pa­per.

“This is of great con­cern to my con­stituents as only re­cently the SNP in Ed­in­burgh closed the men­tal health unit in Stra­cathro, which was of great use to my con­stituents.

“Can my right hon­ourable friend con­firm if we can de­bate in this place the im­por­tance of keep­ing health ser­vices pro­vided lo­cally and in­deed ru­ral ser­vices as a whole.”

Mrs Lead­som replied: “My hon­ourable friend who is a big cham­pion for her con­stituency raises another hos­pi­tal is­sue. As she rightly says this is a mat­ter for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and NHS Tay­side.

“I un­der­stand that writ­ten as­sur­ances were given ear­lier this year by both the cabi­net sec­re­tary for health and sport and NHS Tay­side’s chief ex­ec­u­tive that there was no threat to her hos­pi­tal.

“She might want to seek a Westminster Hall de­bate to dis­cuss this fur­ther or of course, there are health ques­tions next Tues­day.”

Ms Hair pledged there was “no way” she would al­low the hos­pi­tal to close with­out a fight, adding: “The health board has con­ducted re­view af­ter re­view, which have all re­moved lo­cal ser­vices from An­gus. Enough is enough.”

Kirstene Hair, left and Ruth Les­lie Melville.

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