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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10015: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the decision to move the adult inpatient psychiatric ward at Monklands District General Hospital to Wishaw General Hospital was made by NHS Lanarkshire without a public consultation, and what its response is to reports that the decision was brought to the public’s attention after a whistleblower contacted the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser and not by the NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 27 July 2017

The planning and provision of healthcare services is primarily for NHS Boards, in line with national standards, policies and frameworks. NHS Lanarkshire has confirmed that these operational changes will not change the current level of local service provision. The location of some wards are changing in order to ensure that local clinical environments continue to provide high quality, safe and sustainable services.

In terms of local stakeholder engagement, the Board issued a detailed briefing to all local MPs/MSPs on 5 July, 2017. NHS Lanarkshire have assured us that are engaging with all patients and their families; explaining the changes, as well as the arrangements for any patient who may be transferred. NHS Lanarkshire wrote to staff about the changes on 14 June. Local meetings supported by Human Resources and staff-side representation took place for staff on both the Wishaw and Monklands sites on 22 June and 26 June, respectively. We have been assured that there will be no reduction in staff numbers on these wards as a result of the changes. The Health Board has provided assurances that local stakeholders and their representatives will continue to be fully engaged as these operational changes are progressed.