Town’s MP says X-ray review saga is a “slap in the face
Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
Published at 15:35 GMT on Wednesday 9th January, 2013.

CUMBERNAULD, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP Gregg McClymont has said that there is a twist in the tale of the town’s X-ray services which were removed from the area last year.

The area’s MP has called into question Health Minister, Alex Neil MSP’s decision to ask health bosses to review key decisions over services at a hospital in his own constituency but refuse to intervene in the row over x-ray services in Cumbernauld.

Alex Neil, who represents Airdrie & Shotts, told MSPs that he would be leaving decisions on the future of mental health services at Monklands hospital to his colleague Michael Matheson because it was in his constituency.

The ministerial code states that ministers should take particular care to avoid any conflict of interest when dealing with matters in their constituency.

However since the saga NHS Lanarkshire bosses have admitted that Alex Neil’s officials have contacted them to order a review of the decision.

Local MP Gregg McClymont branded the revelation a “slap in the face” for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth residents who campaigned to save x-ray facilities at Central Health Centre.

The town’s MP said: “NHS Lanarkshire bosses have admitted that one of the first things Alex Neil did when he was made Health Secretary was to intervene in the decision to cut health services in Airdrie & Shotts.

"Yet at the very same time he was telling people in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth that he wouldn’t be stepping in to save X-ray services at Central Health Centre because he thought it wasn’t a ‘major service change’.

"It looks as if he is willing to play fast and loose with the ministerial code to protect services in Airdrie but doesn’t care when it comes to service cuts in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.”

 
 
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