Scots readers sign to save hospital

A petition organised by the Evening Times, Glasgow, to save the city’s Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital has been signed by more than 120,000 readers – a Scottish record.

And the Evening Times supported a public meeting organised by the charity Action for Sick Children – chaired by Scottish Television political editor Bernard Ponsonby and addressed by a panel of baby specialists – which was attended by 400 people.

Greater Glasgow NHS Board was accused at the meeting of “gagging” staff over the plans to close the hospital after it ordered the withdrawal of an information leaflet it produced.

In coverage of the meeting in the following day’s paper, Evening Times editor Charles McGhee said: “We will ensure the voices of the 400 people will not go unheard. A full transcript of this meeting will be submitted as part of the consultation process.”

The Evening Times has since published the contents of the leaflet Consultant neonatal surgeon Graham Haddock had told the meeting that the leaflet was produced by Yorkhill NHS Trust “but on the instruction of the health board this leaflet has been withdrawn and is locked in a cupboard at Yorkhill”.

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