The West Lothian Liberal Democrats are looking for reassurance that the closure of St Michael’s Hospital in Linlithgow is only temporary. We are extremely concerned that elderly and vulnerable patients have been moved to a different location and would like to know what provision has been made for friends and family who will now need transport to visit them in Armadale.
Linlithgow needs hospital care for the elderly to remain locally available. Armadale is not a viable alternative as those who need the service provision most will find it difficult to get there.
Candidate Sally Pattle says, ‘Although the stresses and strains on the Health Service are understandable as we come out of this pandemic, COVID 19 cannot be used as an excuse to reduce care services for the most vulnerable in our society.’
The Liberal Democrats believe that the best way to avoid the worst impacts of future health crises is to maintain strong local care services for all ages and needs, and we will campaign to keep St Michael’s Hospital in Linlithgow open.