St John’s Hospital (Paediatric Services)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 27th September 2018.

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Photo of Alex Cole-Hamilton Alex Cole-Hamilton Liberal Democrat

The cabinet secretary said in her statement that

“The college’s report envisages” that

“a three to five-year programme to develop a clear vision and ... sufficient trained ... staff” will be necessary to bring the unit back to 24/7 sustainability. Given that a lot of the kids who depend on the hospital will be adults by then, that seems an incredibly long period. Will the cabinet secretary confirm whether that is the outer limit of the period for which those kids can be expected to wait? Might the changes be delivered earlier? If we are truly in for the long haul, will the cabinet secretary undertake to come back to Parliament regularly to update us on progress?