Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has urged SNP ministers to address ongoing recruitment problems at a children’s ward in Livingston which has resulted in it closing to in-patients this summer.
NHS Lothian today announced that the children’s ward at St John’s hospital is to shut to patients needing overnight care due to staff shortages. The unit faced similar problems in 2012 and 2013.
Commenting, Mr Hume said:
“Parents with children at St John’s will be concerned to learn that the hospital is once again having to take the extraordinary step of closing the unit to in-patients.
“This uncertainty is the last thing in-patients need.
“After years of problems, it’s high time SNP ministers got a grip and brought some stability to the staff and patients at St John’s.”