NHS Hospitals

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 13th June 2007.

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Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative

Question S3W-512

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the reopening and development of Jedburgh and Coldstream hospitals in the Scottish Borders, in light of its decision to support the retention of accident and emergency services at Ayr and Monklands hospitals.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

I have already confirmed that in honouring our commitment to maintain accident and emergency services at Ayr and Monklands, I am not signalling a general review of service changes that have been made in the NHS.

It is for NHS Borders to plan and deliver services to meet the needs of its resident population. The board has retained the hospital site in Coldstream to provide a dental care facility for the people of Berwickshire and it will reinvest savings from the closure of the Jedburgh facility in development of a community heath centre in the town.

I am keen that we maintain forward momentum and don't consider it would necessarily be helpful or indeed possible to reconsider the decisions taken by NHS Borders. However, I will continue to engage with local communities about the range of services provided locally.

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