Following an update from the Health Secretary who today informed that her absolute commitment to a 24/7 service at St John's children's ward remains this will not happen in October as planned, Angela Constance the local constituency MSP said
"Like all West Lothian parents I am deeply disappointed and as the constituency MSP I will continue to press both the Scottish Government and NHS Lothian to put their shoulder is to the wheel to ensure our much loved children's ward returns to 24/7 service as soon as possible. The ward will remain open to inpatients from Monday to Thursday and the Health Secretary has confirmed to me her absolute commitment to the reinstatement of a 24/7 service.
This is also the commitment NHS Lothian have made to parents and their children and I want to see NHS Lothian at the most senior level step up to the plate and provide far more visible leadership on children's health services.
As well as the return of a 24/7 children's Ward I am also calling for more children's services to be delivered locally as St Johns Hospital is an asset not just to West Lothian but across the region. I am actively pursuing this with the Health Secretary
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