A Response to the New Monklands Hospital Consultation Paper from Marion Fellows MP for Motherwell and Wishaw
I have consulted with constituents within my constituency of Motherwell and Wishaw – mainly those from Bellshill – and also with nearby elected representatives regarding the plans.
I believe the Glenmavis site would be preferential.
Wherever the new hospital is built, it must be for the benefit of people in Lanarkshire. Glenmavis therefore suits this by being closer to the communities the current hospital serves. Whereas the Gartcosh site would move facilities closer to Glasgow when it should be serving Lanarkshire.
Furthermore, if moved to Gartcosh, University Hospital Wishaw would be closer for many constituents who are currently served by Monkland’s Hospital which could result in unmanageable demand being placed on Wishaw Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Service. This must be considered and I am not satisfied that it has been. Such a decision would also defeat the purpose of building a new hospital.
Transport is also another concern. I am disappointed that information on the advantages and disadvantages of the other 34 sites considered were not released – especially given some of the concerns over scoring raised by Alex Neil MSP and Neil Gray MP. It is possible that a site with better transport links could have been identified. However, the future transport links appear much more favourable for people reaching Glenmavis as opposed to Gartcosh.
For these reasons, the Gartcosh site should be rejected with Glenmavis being much more favourable as the new site of the new Monklands Hospital.