Figures revealed to Jackie Baillie MSP show that the Out of Hours service at the Vale of Leven hospital has been closed 107 times so far in 2019. Despite promises from Health Board chiefs in June that the problems at the hospital in Alexandria would be solved the service suffered 41 closures between June and August alone.
The MSP has received numerous complaints from constituents who have been told that the service is closed meaning they have to travel to the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley to be seen.
The service was closed 83 times in total in 2018 which was shocking enough.
In June, the MSP met with Health Board chiefs, including the Chief Executive Jane Grant, along with the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeanne Freeman. During the meeting the health board promised that they were exploring all options to ensure that the service remained open to patients. So far, there has been no improvement.
“It is clear that despite calls from the public and myself, the health board have made no changes to how the Out of Hours service is run, and it still suffers from an eye watering number of closures.
“I know that the health board met with local clinicians, nurses and other hospital staff in August to discuss the way forward for the hospital. And while this is welcome news, it is clear that action must be taken immediately to ensure patients have a reliable Out of Hours service.
“Patients cannot continue to suffer from continuous closures. The health board must take action urgently.”