Yet again, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman John Brown, has confirmed that the IRH has a long-term future. Local MSP Stuart McMillan has demanded that stories to the contrary end once and for all.
Mr Brown has today said; “The Board has already confirmed its commitment to Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
“Suggestions that it is under threat only serve to undermine the hospital, its staff and services and harm staff morale.
“I therefore want to reassure our staff, our patients and the public that the hospital is not closing.
Commenting on Mr Brown’s statement the Greenock and Inverclyde MSP said, “Exactly one year ago to the day, Mr Brown stated ‘ The hospital (IRH) has a long-term future and will continue to play an important part in the delivery of healthcare in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.’ Why he is having to reiterate that again today is beyond me.
‘People often say that services are declining in Inverclyde and vacant positions can’t be filled. If I constantly heard rumours in the local paper and online that my local hospital was closing, I would think twice about taking up a role there. Rumours, based on nothing but an agenda to scaremonger is doing a disservice to our area and the NHS staff who work tirelessly to help all of us when we need their help.
‘As Mr Brown said, these baseless reports only serve to undermine the hospital, its staff and services and harm staff morale. With Labour seemingly on an election footing due to the mess the Tories are creating over Brexit, it serves a purpose for the Labour branch locally to stir up fear about our local hospital. This must stop and it must stop now.
‘I, along with my SNP colleagues across Inverclyde will continue getting on with the day job, promoting Inverclyde and doing whatever we can to improve and increase the service we have locally.”