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S5W-06845: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde plans to reshape acute services and, if so, which services at the Vale of Leven Hospital would be affected.

Answered by: Shona Robison 8 March 2017

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have responsibility for the planning and provision of local services. We expect all Health Boards, including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, to keep their services under review to ensure they remain of the highest quality and are as efficient as possible.

The Scottish Government remains committed to the provision of quality services in the Clyde area, and the Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has given an assurance that the continued provision of comprehensive hospital, community and primary care services across the Clyde area, including at the Vale of Leven Hospital, is a key priority for the Health Board.

The national review of maternity and neonatal services was published at the end of January and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde are currently considering their Clyde birthing proposals in light of the review’s recommendations. The Health Board’s next steps will be informed by a report from their Medical and Nurse Directors who are working with colleagues, including the Chief Medical Officer, and stakeholders to ensure the proposals are consistent with the national review. There are no other formal service change proposals affecting the Vale of Leven Hospital. It remains the case that any proposals designated as major service change must be subject to formal public consultation and, ultimately, Ministerial approval.