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Statement on Report by the Independent Scrutiny Panel

December 04, 2007 2:19 PM

Catriona Renfrew, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Corporate Planning and Policy, said: “We have just received the independent scrutiny panel’s report and, given that it is a very detailed document, we have only had the opportunity, at this stage, to note its key conclusions.
 
“We recognise that the report has raised a number of important issues which we obviously need to carefully consider, we are encouraged that the panel have concluded that many of our proposals are based on sound principles. It is important to emphasise that we will consider all of the panel’s conclusions before making decisions on how to proceed.”
 
Key conclusions from the panel’s report:-
 
·                    The panel has concluded that the proposal to relocate the unscheduled medical admission service at the Vale of Leven Hospital is sound in principle. The report indicates that, in the light of good practice and weight of medical opinion, the maintenance of a ‘stand alone’ unscheduled medical admissions service at the Vale of Leven Hospital, separated from all other acute services is a significantly less than ideal situation. The panel also noted the Glasgow anaesthetic service would be unable to provide the out-of-hours cover required to sustain unscheduled medical admission services at the Vale, a view they indicated is supported by external expert medical opinion. The panel has also noted the enthusiasm of local GP’s and made suggestions about testing further aspects of the integrated care model, which might have national application.
·                    The panel believes our proposed changes to older people’s services at Johnstone Hospital are based on sound principles.
·                    In relation to mental health services, the panel have recommended that a more detailed option appraisal should be undertaken on these proposed changes. As the report has acknowledged, this work is now underway and should be completed in the next few weeks.
The Board would like to take this opportunity to record its thanks to Professor Mackay and his panel for making the time to visit all of the services and for delivering his report on this very complex set of proposals on time, despite the very tight timescales. We are confident that the panel’s report will be very helpful in ensuring we develop the best possible consultation process for proposed changes to Clyde Health Services.
 
ENDS
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.
Background Information
Following a detailed review of Clyde health services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde submitted a number of proposals for independent scrutiny in advance of formal public consultation. These included proposed changes to maternity services, mental health services, unscheduled medical admission services at the Vale of Leven Hospital and continuing care services for older people at Johnstone Hospital.
 
The proposals were developed to ensure that services across Clyde are safe, sustainable and affordable. They are designed to address concerns over clinical safety, make best use of limited NHS resources and generate savings to help tackle the £30m funding gap for Clyde health services. They also aim to modernise and improve certain services to bring them up-to-date with arrangements in other parts of the country.
 
Unscheduled medical admissions services are provided for patients who suddenly become unwell and require to be admitted to hospital for medical assessment or treatment. These services are currently provided at the Vale of Leven Hospital however the most seriously ill patients from the Vale’s catchment area, including all A&E and trauma patients, are taken direct to the Royal Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

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