NHS Greater Glasgow today welcomed the announcement of the establishment of two monitoring groups for the modernisation programme of Greater Glasgow's Acute Services.
Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of Greater Glasgow NHS Board, said: "These monitoring groups provide a way of ensuring independent local scrutiny of the roll-out of Glasgow's Acute Services Plan.
"Public involvement in monitoring changes in service provision will be helpful to the Board. The monitoring groups will include representatives from the community, staff and senior clinicians under an independent chairmanship, they will report to the Board regularly.
"Between now and 2007 when the new ACAD hospitals open at Stobhill and the Victoria Infirmary, the groups will scrutinise all aspects of the modernisation programme as it progresses. This will include monitoring the finalisation of acute inpatient bed numbers, the development of paramedic services, transportation links and other key service areas."
Sir John revealed that NHS Greater Glasgow had now appointed financial and legal advisors to take the modernisation programme forward.
He added: "This programme of modernisation is about delivering quality services to meet the challenges of 21st century medicine and give the people of Greater Glasgow the very best in modern healthcare."
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Acute Services Modernisation Programme, can obtain information from our new website: www.nhsgg.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The NHS Greater Glasgow Acute Services Review began in 1999 and was followed by a nine month public consultation. Approval for the modernisation programme was given by the Scottish Executive in September 2002.