SNP MSP Stuart McMillan reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining key services at Inverclyde Royal Hospital today as he spoke in chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
Speaking in the Member’s business debate on local health services, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP vowed to fight for the Maternity Unit to remain at the IRH – and urged Inverclyde locals to voice their opinion to the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.
It has been announced that the Board is to press ahead with further scrutiny of proposals that include closure of seven inpatient beds at the Centre for Integrative Care and community maternity units at Inverclyde Royal, Greenock, and the Vale of Leven in Alexandria
Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board has a record high budget this year of over £2 billion, which has increased by over 27% under this government.
“Whilst it is right for Health Boards to keep services under review to ensure they remain of the highest quality, no final decisions have been made on these proposals at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“Any major service change proposals must be subject to formal public consultation. I would encourage everyone in Inverclyde to engage with this process and feedback to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”
Mr McMillan highlighted the good work undertaken by the Scottish Government in the face of cuts to the block grant from Westminster:
“Despite the cut to the Scottish Government’s budget since 2010, the Audit Scotland report, NHS in Scotland 2015, found health resource spending has increased in real terms. Audit Scotland confirms there has been a real-terms resource increase in every single year from 2008-09 to 2014-15.
“Capital spending has been a challenge because of the 25% decrease from the Westminster Government to the Scottish Government. However, as per our commitment, resource spending has increased in real terms, and Audit Scotland has confirmed that.”
Mr McMillan also slammed the “hypocrisy” of Labour politicians as he highlighted that the Health Board advocating the proposals was made up of Labour Councillors:
“There are typically 30 members of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, most of which are made up of health and finance professionals. The remaining 7 members are Labour Councillors; one representative of each local authority in the health board area.
“Once again, we see yet more evidence that Labour speaks with more than one conflicting voice.”
“The Inverclyde representative resigned from the NHS Board one week before the vote took place therefore leaving Inverclyde with NO elected voice on the Board. ”
You can comment on the proposed change to Birthing Services at Inverclyde Community Maternity Unit by emailing NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Laura directly on 0141 201 0369.