Today, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur raised concerns with the Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey, about the ability of the Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen to meet the needs of islanders.
Mr McArthur posed the questions in light of a recent decision by NHS Grampian to close two wards at Cornhill following a series of staff shortages. The facility is used by patients from Orkney who require treatment for acute mental health difficulties.
Following the exchange, Mr McArthur said:
“Patients in Orkney suffering serious mental health problems rely heavily on the services provided at Royal Cornhill. I am aware that there are already concerns about patients being discharged before they are ready. In that context, news that two wards are to close at the hospital due to staff shortages is deeply concerning.
“The Minister is aware of these concerns, but people in Orkney would expect firm assurances that Cornhill will have the capacity to meet the needs of patients across the region, including those from the islands. I have now written to the Minister seeking those assurances.”
Notes to editors: You can watch the exchange between Mr McArthur and the Minister here.