19 September 2019

Following Scottish Labour’s successful campaign to secure a public inquiry into issues with infrastructure and safety at two NHS hospitals, party health spokesperson Monica Lennon MSP is renewing calls for extra funding to be made available to help families using their services.

Monica Lennon is asking for an urgent financial commitment from the Health Secretary to upgrade the current Edinburgh Sick Kids and its A&E department, which is struggling with capacity.

Jeane Freeman is also being urged to increase financial assistance for the families of young patients struggling with accommodation, travel and food costs as a result of the ongoing closure of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, which is equipped for children, young people and their families.

Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson Monica Lennon said:

“The purpose-built children’s hospital at the Glasgow campus remains closed because of fears about water safety after children contracted infections.

“The adult ward that was supposed to be a safe haven is now closed to new admissions, because of infection risk.

“So we have children with cancer being ‘temporarily diverted’ to use the language of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - an expression which is fine if we are talking about cars being rerouted due to roadworks, but when we are talking about toddlers and young people with cancer, I find it rather insensitive.”
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