Date: 4 December 2007
Clyde Independent Scrutiny Report shows need for NHSGG&C to take
consultation seriously - UNISON
UNISON today welcomed the report from the independent scrutiny
panel set up to examine NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGG&C)'s
proposals for changes to health service provision in the Clyde Area.
The criticisms from the panel mirror many of the views expressed
by UNISON members and the community served by the Vale of Leven
Hospital. The panel found that the NHS board, included too few options
for change and, in most cases, failed to provide full analyses of
cost and benefits.
UNISON Regional Officer Matt McLaughlin said, "NHSGG&C must now
step up to the plate, take on board the findings of the panel, and
come forward with a much more comprehensive series of options that
provide the local community with a real choice on their health services."
The union also welcomed the recognition by the panel of the 'excellent
standards of care currently being delivered, but said that the failings
in the change proposals were not the first by the board.
Matt McLaughlin said "The work that staff have been doing in difficult
circumstances has been exemplary and we are gl;ad the panel has
"This appears to be yet another issue where NHSGG&C are being criticised
over the assumptions that they have taken and the quality of consultation
that they proposed to take. There is positive work for NHSGGC to
do around the panel's specific recommendations, but the Board really
needs to stop and take a hard look at itself and how it approaches
consultations that relate to major issues for staff and communities."
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt McLaughlin
(Regional Organiser) 0870 7777 006 (w) 07904 341 979 Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0870 7777 006(w) 0771 558 3729(m)