The closure of the Children’s ward at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital by the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board was approved by Shona Robison, The Scottish Government’s Health Minister.
It was followed by a blizzard of stupidity from SNP supporters defending the decision.
Wings Over Scotland goes off in his typically truculent way.
5 minutes away, 10 minutes away.
They refer to the relocated Glasgow Hospital for Sick Children on the site of the Southern General Hospital with the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Somehow this one got over excited and threw in photos of the old yorkhill.
Yorkhill is still shown on this map that is shown. There’s one specialist RHSC and it’s at the Govan site.
‘It’s only six miles away.’
Others travel further.
‘Just a ward in an adult hospital.’
‘Are these people for real? ‘
Yes there’s lots that live in Paisley, Renfrewshire and other areas affected by the closure.
My family amongst them as both my sons attend appointments there.
‘It’s only 10 minutes away.’
I don’t routinely drive and use public transport a lot. I know that’s untrue and I challenged that.
By bus a minimum of 33 minutes, from the one hospital to other 52 minutes with a change.
Data from Traveline Scotland, the public transport website.
The QEUH complex is also at other side of Renfrew and Braehead and I’ve been that way by bus too as well as driving at weekends and it’s not brilliant journey either.
Now, of course, I wasn’t supporting an SNP government decision.
‘How many live at the old hospital?’
So.. don’t be a truth teller kids. Don’t use your own mind. Don’t support independence without turning your brain off.
I fully understand the desire to try and shield this decision from Criticism by Scottish Labour politicians, but the defence of the indefensible here is bizarre.
It’s the closure of a Children’s unit in an NHS hospital that has Adult and Maternity services on site.
Paisley had some of Scotland’s poorest statistical postcodes. That poverty extends to car use.
And to finish, very strangely for a self confessed pedant, the ten minute claim stayed in his article online.