Monica Urges Government Minister to Rethink Downgrading Neonatal Care at Wishaw Hospital Amid Growing Local Concern

Monica Lennon in a letter sent Friday 11 August has urged the Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health to rethink plans to downgrade the neonatal intensive care model at University Wishaw General Hospital announced as part of an NHS service redesign.

Commenting on the petition against the plans to downgrade the NHS Lanarkshire Neonatal Unit based at University Hospital Wishaw from level 3 to level 2, Monica Lennon said:

"It is vital that babies born prematurely or sick get the best possible neonatal care.

“Like the thousands of people who have already signed the petition, I share the concerns of local people that the downgrading of the University Hospital Wishaw Neonatal Unit will have a negative impact on babies and families in Lanarkshire.

“That’s why I have written to the Scottish Government urging them to review this decision immediately.

“The plans appear to have good intentions towards improving care for the highest risk pre-term babies at national centres in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, but this has serious implications the current neonatal unit at Wishaw, and families could face increased travel costs and fewer available bed spaces.

“The Scottish Government must break their silence, review the impact and provide families with the reassurance that the model change will not have negative impacts. If they cannot do this, these plans would be wrong for Lanarkshire and should not go ahead.”

The official petition was launched only a week ago and has already amassed almost 10,000 signatures.

Monica Lennon MSP is yet to receive a response from the Scottish Government Minister.

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.