Some months ago we got a motion passed about colorectal services staying at the Western General Hospital (WGH), in opposition to the call by the SNP led West Lothian Council to have them moved to St Johns in Livingston. The SNP passed the motion to keep their hospital campaigner coalition partners on board. We now have the letter from the Health minister and somewhat surprisingly, she agrees with us and not her SNP colleagues in West Lothian. She say "NHS Lothian have indicated that there is clinical evidence, in the form of better clinical outcome, for retaining an integrated clinical service at the WGH... I support the Boards decision"
It seems on this occasion that the SNP have ignored their own councillors and sided with us for which I am very grateful. So, here goes, recognition for doing what's right and words I never thought I would write!; "I congratulate the health minister for putting clinical analysis before party political agendas. Retaining this service at the WGH will mean better patient care, more lives saved and better use of NHS resources." See, there, I've said it!
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