Paediatric Review must listen to Parents

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSPs , Liz Smith and Murdo Fraser, have called for NHS Tayside to listen to the concerns of parents before changing the way paediatric care works in the Fair City.

NHS Tayside Chairman, Prof John Connell, has moved to reassure patients in Perth and Kinross by committing to long-term paediatric care at PRI.

Liz and Murdo have welcomed this intervention but remain concerned about the future of children’s services pending this review.

Commenting Liz Smith MSP said;

“This redesign will fundamentally change care for young people and its vital that parents are informed of the proposed changes and where possible engaged with.

“We all know that huge changes are afoot at NHS Tayside and any redesign that provides more outpatient appointments should be welcomed.

“I was pleased to hear Professor John Connell reassure people in Perth and Kinross that paediatric care will remain at Perth Royal Infirmary, but as ever the devil will be in the detail.”

Murdo Fraser MSP said;

“Ensuring that parents have access to the best possible paediatric care in Perth and Kinross must be NHS Tayside’s number one priority and I look forward to examining these plans in more detail.

“Any proposals that results in more patients being seen should be welcomed, but it’s important that these proposed changes do not impact the way PRI currently cares for children.

“I would hope that changes are not forced through without consulting the wider community and I would encourage NHS Tayside to engage with people across Perth and Kinross before making a final decision.”

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