MSP calls for rethink over A&E proposals

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson wants health bosses to scrap plans to move A&E services to Glasgow’s southside following the results of a survey.

Mr Paterson said there was overwhelming support for an accident and emergency unit north of the river after he sent out a questionnaire to 30,000 addresses in Clydebank and Milngavie.

He said: “An astonishing 7756 people – equating to 96 per cent – responded in favour, rejecting Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board plans to locate two A&E facilities on the southside.

“It leaves no doubt that people here are not happy with the current health board proposals.”

The survey also revealed that 82 per cent of respondents wanted the facility to be based at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.

However, 50 per cent of people said they would not want it to be based there if it compromised the hospital’s world-renowned specialisation in heart-related illnesses.

Mr Paterson added: “Many people in the immediate area have so greatly benefited from this world-class treatment, but I do believe that it would not only be possible to retain this standard, but to also build on it for heart attack victims.”

The MSP has already discussed the proposals with senior management at the hospital and has written to the Scottish Government.

He added: “It is more than possible that we can enlarge the facility and vastly increase the treatments available on site, including an A & E department without doing anything to harm the vital and excellent work carried out on heart surgery.”

Jill Young, chief executive of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, said: “We are pleased that the local community recognise the high quality care and specialist services that the Golden Jubilee National Hospital provides to NHSScotland.

“As a national resource, we are continually looking for ways we can assist and support the delivery of healthcare on a local, regional and national basis.

“We welcome the views of those who responded to this questionnaire.”