Date lodged: 24 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13949 by Shona Robison on 19 January 2018, which local clinicians she listened to in making her decision to close the Children's Ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and which clinicians were consulted prior to a decision being taken.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 February 2018
As set out in my response to question S5W-13949 and the Statement I delivered to Parliament on 23 January 2017, I carefully considered all the available information and representations before coming to a final decision.
The proposals attracted overwhelming clinical support and were consistent with national policy, modern clinical standards and best practice. The clinical view was clear that the proposals were in the best interests of local children and that they would result in better clinical outcomes. This was the view of the paediatric clinicians at both Ward 15 and the Royal Hospital for Children whom I met when I visited those facilities on 5 July 2017 and 29 September 2017, respectively, as part of my consideration of the proposals. Following my decision, these views were reiterated in a letter received from the lead paediatric clinicians and the chief nurse for paediatrics at Ward 15 and the Royal Hospital for Children.