At a recent protest outside the NHS Annual review in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, your branch demanded that Health Minister Shona Robinson, listen to concerns over massive cuts to services, and the impact they will have on patient care.
Staff are already stressed due to understaffing and consistent cuts over the last few years, and further cuts will have a detrimental effect on staff, services and patients.
Branch Secretary Cathy Miller Probed the Health Minister: “This is not about the Board. This is about the Scottish Government funding Glasgow. Another year, another budget settlement which falls far short of what it costs to deliver services across NHSGGC.
Cathy Added: “NHS Glasgow and Clyde is not overspent, it is underfunded. In addition to the centralisation of more services and short staffing right across our membership, we are now at the stage where the Board are relying on selling off parcels of land to release one off money to help balance the books.”
The protest follows a leaked development plan suggesting maternity and vital wards face the axe in a cost cutting drive. They include the closure of midwifery facilities at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde Hospital in Greenock.
Lightburn geriatric hospital in Glasgow could also shut while children's emergency care may be moved from Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital. Bosses hope to raise £23 million by selling off 19 disused sites including Victoria Infirmary, Merchiston, Blawarthill and Drumchapel Hospital, but amid warnings of a economic slowdown they branded this a "desperate gamble".
Cathy said: “It is clear that despite near constant change and review, this Board can’t meet the demands being placed on it. If they are not funding us, we can’t do everything they are asking us to do. If they do not do something about this, these services will be lost. If they are not willing to help it's in their hands".