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STATEMENT FROM NHS GREATER GLASGOW ON MATERNITY SERVICES

September 30, 2004 9:00 AM

The Board will need to consider carefully the response from the Health Minister to our proposals about the future of maternity services in Glasgow and we look forward to working with the Advisory Group to deliver its remit.

We also welcome the announcement of the additional funding of £100million.

The Reid report and the Board's consideration recognised the gold standard service of triple collocation of adult, paediatric and maternity services on one site as the best option. But we recognised to achieve this option, there were considerable financial, public consultation and timing issues to be addressed.

The Ministerial statements in the Parliament today deal with the first two of these issues with the announcement of funding and Ministerial commitment to transfer the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at the same time as the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital.

On the final issue of timing, at the core of our submission to the Health Minister were very detailed concerns about our ability – even in the short term – to maintain maternity services on three sites. These concerns are shared by clinical staff right across Glasgow and we will work with the Advisory Group on those immediate and pressing issues, in particular with regard to medical staffing and on taking forward the option appraisal as quickly as is practicable.

ENDS

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