Proposal to shut Monklands Hospital will be reviewed by NHS chief
A CONTROVERSIAL consultation that recommended closing a 40-year-old hospital and moving it to a new site five miles away is to be probed. NHS Lanarkshire has been accused of misleading the public over its plans for the Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.
It carried out a consultation which recommended moving the facility to Gartcosh. But former SNP Health Secretary Alex Neil insisted the process was “rigged” to justify closing the current site.
He previously told MSPS: “The information on which they scored was inaccurate, misleading, unbalanced and very often bordering on deliberately being economical with the truth.”
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has now asked Paul Gray, the chief executive of NHS Scotland, to carry out a review. She said: “Reporting back to me, it will determine whether the process has been consistent with best practice, and if it has properly taken the views of all stakeholders into account.”