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S5W-06361: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-05228 by Shona Robison on 15 December 2016, whether the cabinet secretary will meet local campaigners and West Dunbartonshire Council to listen to concerns about the proposal by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to close the birthing unit at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

Answered by: Shona Robison 31 January 2017

The board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been clear that they first need to take full account of the recommendations of the National Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services, which was published on 20 January. Should the Board then wish to pursue the same proposals that were designated as major in December 2016, they must be subject to formal public consultation and, ultimately, Ministerial approval.

Given the formal role that Ministers have in the major service change process, it would be inappropriate for me to accept an invitation to meet with campaigners until the consultation period is complete. 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 formal consultation period has concluded.