Growing concerns over future of IRH

Press Release, 28th September 2015

Growing concerns over future of IRH

Growing concerns have been raised about the long-term future of Inverclyde Royal by Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil.

Earlier this year it was reported that the hospital needed forty-four million pounds worth of repairs to bring it up to scratch. However, the local MSP has learned that the repair bill has continued to increase.

Duncan McNeil raised his concerns in Parliament when he quizzed the Health Minister Shona Robison.

He asked the Minister

“During the cabinet secretary’s discussions with the chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, did she have time to discuss the staggering £44 million maintenance backlog at Inverclyde royal hospital? Reported in 2013, that figure is almost double the figure that was reported in 2011.

“As I understand it, rather than it being diminished, that figure is increasing and placing a huge question mark over the future of our local hospital. Can the cabinet secretary assure us that the issue will be addressed urgently to ensure that there is a viable future for Inverclyde royal hospital?”

In her reply the Minister did not deny the repair bill was increasing:

“I can confirm and reassure Duncan McNeil that Inverclyde royal hospital has a viable future. On the maintenance backlog, we expect all health boards to have in their capital plans a clear plan for maintenance, particularly if there is a backlog. We will continue to discuss issues with the health boards, including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”

Following the exchange in Parliament Duncan McNeil said:

“I will hold the Minister to her promise. The Scottish Government and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde must work together to ensure that the backlog bill is addressed as quickly as possible. The people of Inverclyde deserve the best health facilities available.”