Date lodged: 8 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the debate on 24 October 2018 (Official Report, c.17), when it will provide an update on NHS Lanarkshire’s consideration of the location for the replacement of University Hospital Monklands.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 9 November 2018
The Government continues to welcome the development of plans to replace University Hospital Monklands, which will provide modern health facilities and a range of specialist services for the benefit of patients across Lanarkshire and those living within the Monklands catchment area.
I have, however, noted the concerns raised about NHS Lanarkshire’s consultation process to establish the future location of the hospital from local people and elected representatives of all political parties. This was clearly reflected in the associated Parliamentary Debate on 24 October. In particular, concerns have been expressed about the quality of information and analysis undertaken by the Board, and about the robustness and accuracy of the information which informed the options appraisal process.
I discussed this with the Chair and Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire at the Health Board’s Annual Review on Friday 2 November. I was clear that it is essential that the concerns raised are carefully examined and responded to openly and transparently. I have therefore asked the Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland to establish a review to provide me with an independent assessment of the process followed by NHS Lanarkshire, including whether it has been consistent with best practice and meaningfully informed by the views of stakeholders.
Further details on the review - including who will lead it, its remit and timeframe - will be announced as soon as possible.