Date lodged: 30 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-00393 by Shona Robison on 24 November 2016, whether the cabinet secretary will meet local councillors and hospital campaigners in West Dunbartonshire following the conclusion of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s engagement period on 9 December 2016 and, if so, whether this will take place before her decision on the designation of proposed service changes at the Vale of Leven Hospital.
Answered by: Shona Robison 15 December 2016
It is important not to pre-judge the outcome of the current engagement process as the proposals may change or not be pursued at all.
Should NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde decide to proceed with their proposals, I will carefully consider their view and that of the independent Scottish Health Council in coming to a determination on whether the proposals should be designated major. If that is case then the proposals would be subject to formal public consultation and, ultimately, Ministerial approval.
I have been consistently clear that I'd be happy to meet with local campaigners and their representatives to help inform my final decision on any major service change proposals, once the engagements and formal consultation period has concluded.