North East MSP Mike Rumbles has written to the acting Chief Executive of NHS Tayside amidst rumours that the local health board is planning to close part or all of Stracathro hospital in Angus.
The Liberal Democrat MSP said: “I was given assurances by the previous Chief Executive that following the damaging closure of the Mulberry Unit, Stracathro hospital would have a ‘bright’ future and that the board’s plans were to expand the site, especially for elective surgery.
“The rumours we have heard this morning fly in the face of that. This news will be deeply troubling for the local community and many of the patients who rely on the local services provided by the hospital.
“I am very disappointed by the vague statement made by the health board’s medical director. What we need now is a full and clear statement of intent from NHS Tayside confirming the future use of Stracathro.
“I have now written to the Chief Executive, this morning, asking him to provide reassurance that the hospital is in safe hands and that its future is secure.”
Notes for editors:
- Letter from Mike Rumbles MSP to the acting Chief Executive of NHS Tayside, Malcolm Wright (body of text) – 14/06/18:
The future of Stracathro Hospital
I was alarmed to read reports in the local press today that the future of Stracathro hospital is in doubt.
In my previous correspondence with the former Chief Executive of NHS Tayside regarding this matter, I was explicitly told that the health board had plans to expand services at the hospital and that the future for Stracathro was bright.
I do hope that you appreciate the depth of shock and disappointment felt by the community following these latest rumours. Especially after being reassured by the health board that the cuts to local services in the area would end with the closure of the Mulberry Unit.
I strongly believe it necessary that you immediately set out an extensive and clear statement of intent for the site. Furthermore, I urge you to provide unequivocal confirmation for the community that the future of the hospital is in safe hands.
I look forward to reading your response.