MSP Gil Paterson has responded to an article in the Clydebank Post where a councillor argued in favour of an A&E being created at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. This is what Mr Paterson said:
Many people would like an A&E service at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital – but when they understand it could compromise the specialist heart and lungs services, there is a massive swing in thought.
In 2013, I surveyed 7,756 constituents in Clydebank and Milngavie, and 82 per cent (6,307) thought there should be an A&E at the GJNH.
However, 53 per cent (4,083) would actually not support an A&E at the hospital if it negatively impacted on the current specialist heart services.
Moreover, that would mean 64 per cent of those who think an A&E should be at the Golden Jubilee (6,307) would change their mind.
Only a minority, 40 per cent (3,119), would actually be in favour of creating an A&E at the hospital that took resources from the heart services which impacted negatively upon it.
I believe a majority would not support an A&E because heart disease is one of the biggest killers for those living in the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency, and this world-renowned service is on their doorstep.
However, my hope for the future is that there is a means to provide a minor injuries unit to the GJNH. This would not, as I understand it, have any negative impacts on the fantastic work that is done at the hospital and allow them to continue investigating and learning more about heart disease.
I do agree with the spirit of what Councillor Mooney is saying, that he wants what is best for the people of Clydebank, but this is actually the better option. If someone suffers a serious, sudden cessation of the heart's functioning which is life-threatening, paramedics will most likely be instructed to take them right to the Golden Jubilee Hospital, where the best of the best are.
Unfortunately, heart attacks are still one of the West of Scotland’s biggest killers but the Golden Jubilee is making an enormous difference, and always building on the good work it is doing.