Greater Glasgow Health Board is concerned about public confusion around the options to achieve the siting of adult, maternity and children's services on a single site in the city, which the Health Minister has asked us to deliver.
Following the announcement of £100m to achieve all three services as a "gold standard" NHS development on a single city site some commentators and pressure groups have indicated their belief that all available sites in Greater Glasgow will be considered and appraised.
The Health Minister has already approved the Acute Services Review for Glasgow which is now being implemented. The strategy will see only three major inpatient acute adult hospitals for the city. These hospitals are the Royal Infirmary, Southern General Hospital and Gartnaval General Hospital. Only the GRI and Southern General Hospitals have maternity services on site and therefore only those two hospitals are able to offer the collocation the Minister has directed should be achieved, and which this Board has always supported.
Greater Glasgow's three acute hospital medical directors – Brian Cowan, Morgan Jamieson and Bill Anderson – today pledged to work together to deliver the most radical acute hospital modernisation plan in the country – including the gold standard triple co-location of maternity and adult services alongside a newly built Children's' Hospital.
The medical directors of the South, North and Yorkhill divisions of NHS Greater Glasgow state:
"We welcome the Ministerial announcement about new capital funding to deliver a children's hospital co-located with adult and maternity services. There was a strong clinical consensus during the consultation process that this service arrangement was best for women and babies. Without the extra resources the Minister announced this gold standard was not an option for many years, so this announcement is very good news for child and maternal health services in Glasgow.
The Ministerial Advisory Group is also welcome and continues the pattern of external clinical advice which has been at the heart of the process on reaching decisions on maternity services in Glasgow. Clinicians across the maternity and children's services will be at the centre of moving to the implementation phase as the Ministerial announcement has completed the consultation.
Their involvement will be particularly important in the appraisal of the two potential sites for the co-location of the three services which the Minister has directed us to achieve.
While making this very positive response to the Ministerial statement we must also highlight the fact that although there have been strongly held and differing views about some of the clinical issues during the consultation there was a clear consensus across the clinical community that Glasgow could not sustain three maternity hospitals beyond the short-term.
That is also an important issue for discussion as we move forward, including with the Advisory Group.
We are making this statement on behalf of medical staff across maternity and children's services. It is time to move on from the clinical division which characterised the consultation process."
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