Date lodged: 18 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde regarding the board's maternity unit review.
Answered by: Shona Robison 25 January 2017
Ministers and Government officials regularly discuss matters of local importance such as these with Health boards.
The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde agreed with the view of the Scottish Health Council at its meeting in December that its proposals in relation to Clyde birthing services represented major change. The Board were also clear that they will take full account of the National Maternity and Neonatal Services Review, published on the 20th of January, before progressing any proposals to change maternity services in Inverclyde and at the Vale of Leven. As the existing proposals have been designated major, should they be taken forward, they must still subject to formal public consultation and, ultimately, Ministerial approval.