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Inpatient mental health proposals

20/12/2011

Health Secretary comments on her decision to approve NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's proposal to maintain adult inpatient mental health services for the Vale of Leven catchment area at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:

"I have carefully considered all the available information and representations in terms of the proposals concerning the inpatient mental health services previously provided on the Christie Ward at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

"Whilst the Government has a policy of maintaining local access to healthcare services where it is appropriate to do so, I am of the view that there are compelling arguments that the repatriation of this service is not in patients or local people's interests.

"The Board has made the case that a stand alone inpatient unit at the Vale of Leven Hospital - which would require significant capital investment - would not be clinically sustainable. NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde have also significantly increased the provision of mental health service provision in the community, in line with national policy. This means that the vast majority of patients will continue receive the care they need in their local community, including enhanced crisis intervention services.

"I want to put on record my thanks to the Vale of Leven Monitoring Group who were asked to ensure that the final decision on these proposals would be fully informed by the best available information and meaningful trends in data.

"Whilst I am convinced that this is the right decision, I want to reiterate my continuing commitment to a strong future for the Vale of Leven Hospital. Local people can be assured that, under this Government, high quality services such as those delivered under the Vision for the Vale will be maintained and developed at the hospital."