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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17998: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what communications it has had with NHS Grampian regarding the downgrading of maternity services at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 August 2018

There has been on-going engagement, including meetings with NHS Grampian regarding the delivery of maternity services at Dr Gray’s. We have been clear with NHS Grampian that all possible options must be explored to continue to provide a safe, sustainable service for mothers and babies in Dr Gray’s.

I visited the hospital on 3 August, meeting with staff from Dr Gray’s Hospital, NHS Grampian, Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and the Keep MUM group to discuss the changes to maternity and paediatric services. Following those meetings I have written to the acting Chief Executive of NHS Grampian formally requesting submission of a detailed plan of how NHS Grampian intends to restore a full obstetric service to Dr Gray’s Hospital, with paediatric services in support. I have asked for this plan by 17 August. The plan should include a detailed timeline and milestones and be co-produced with relevant staff at Dr Gray’s, the Scottish Ambulance Service and members of the public, including KeepMUM. I have published my letter to NHS Grampian in SPICe [Ref. is BIB 59956]. The plan has now been received but requires further improvement. My officials are working with NHS Grampian on this and a revised plan is expected shortly.