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S5O-00393: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport will meet campaigners and elected members in the Dumbarton constituency to discuss proposed reductions to NHS services.

Answered by: Shona Robison 24 November 2016

As I have said before in this Chamber, no final decisions have been made about these proposals. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is now engaging with the local communities, staff and other stakeholders so they can carefully consider their views. It is important not to pre-judge this, as the proposals may change or not be pursued at all, as a result.

Given the formal role that Ministers have in the major service change process, it would have been inappropriate for me to accept an invitation to meet with campaigners at this stage. I have, however, been clear that I'd be happy to meet with local campaigners and their representatives to help inform my final decision on any proposals that may come to me, once the engagement and formal consultation period has concluded.