Should Cumbernauld have a Community Hospital?

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:14 BST on Friday 6th July2012.
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Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn wrote to NHS Lanarkshire last month to urge them to consider the construction of a Cumbernauld community hospital.

The MSP’s actions came after his office undertook a survey of local residents in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency, which showed that 91% of those who responded saying that there is an under-provision of health services in the area where they live, and 91% also agreeing that NHS Lanarkshire should consider opening a community hospital in the area.

Responding Hepburn’s comments, NHS Lanarkshire said that they had no “immediate plans” to look into a local hospital.

When he announced his letter, Mr Hepburn said: “There is a strong sense locally that NHS Lanarkshire is not adequately providing the health services that Cumbernauld and Kilsyth needs. Cumbernauld is the largest town in Scotland without a hospital. Arguably, a town of its size merits a general hospital let alone a community hospital of the type I am calling for.

“A community hospital would go some way to ensuring that local residents are getting a better health service. If people could present at such a facility for minor injuries or for an x-ray, then it would be far less hassle than is involved for them at present.”

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