Call for Stobhill cancer campaign to be election issue

Cllr Charles Kennedy outside Stobhill ACAD.
Cllr Charles Kennedy outside Stobhill ACAD.

CAMPAIGNERS want election candidates and voters to back a call for cancer treatment at Stobhill Hospital.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy and local resident Tom Herbert have been fighting for chemotherapy to be provided at the ‘new’ Stobhill Hospital.

Earlier this year councillors from all parties on East Dunbartonshire Council gave unanimous backing to a motion put forward by Councillor Kennedy to support the campaign.

However, campaigners were left angry and disappointed when Fiona McLeod, SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said the evidence didn’t support chemotherapy chairs at Stobhill.

Councillor Kennedy said: “We voted for Fiona McLeod on the basis that she would be a voice for us on Stobhill.”

He added: “It’s absolutely essential that this fight continues and that we receive firm commitments from those standing for election to East Dunbartonshire Council that they will support the concept of bringing these vital services to Stobhill.

“Services which we believe numbers already justify, even if the statistics we are receiving would suggest the opposite.

“The council supported the motion and I’m very grateful for that. But they need to take it forward and put people’s health, rights and needs before party politics.”

Currently patients from Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and surrounding areas have to travel to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre at Gartnavel Hospital for treatment.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recently said that having investigated all options, it maintains that chemotherapy will only be provided from the Beatson and the Victoria Infirmary.

The local elections will take place on May 3, 2012.

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