Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard joined Martin McCluskey today to stand up against proposed NHS service cuts at Inverclyde Royal. Both men joined protesters outside the hospital. The visit followed the Greenock Telegraph revealing that the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board were considering closing the breast cancer unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. This change would see women travelling to Paisley to receive care they can currently receive in Inverclyde.
Speaking after the protest, Martin McCluskey said:
“Time and again we are told that our NHS services are safe, but now we know that the health board are proposing the closure of the breast cancer services at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Too many services have already moved from Inverclyde to Paisley or Glasgow. This is unacceptable. Instead of our local NHS services facing death by a thousand cuts, we need honesty from the health board about what their plans are and what it means for patients and staff here at Inverclyde Royal.”