Lib Dems support chemo campaign

BACKING: Tom, centre, holds a copy of the Herald with, from left, Lib Dem Jim Hume MSP, James Sandieman and Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie MSP.

BACKING: Tom, centre, holds a copy of the Herald with, from left, Lib Dem Jim Hume MSP, James Sandieman and Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie MSP.

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The campaign for chemotherapy services at the ‘new’ Stobhill is to be brought up before MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

Lib Dem leader in Scotland Willie Rennie and the party’s health spokesman Jim Hume MSP are to table parliamentary questions backing Lenzie man Tom Herbert in his fight to help cancer patients.

Their support comes after they met last week with Tom and fellow campaigner James Sandieman of Scottish Health Campaigns Network (SHCN) at Holyrood.

Mr Hume said there “seems to be a need for chemotherapy provision at Stobhill” and added: “It was really important to meet Tom and James week about their campaign to get chemotherapy facilities at Stobhill Hospital as it underlines the need for patients to have easy access to treatment.

“When patients are undergoing gruelling cancer treatment, having to travel long distances can be incredibly distressing for them and their loved ones.

“Certainly, I think it’s a reasonable expectation to see Stobhill Hospital get the same chemotherapy facilities as the new Victoria Hospital, something which had been promised in the past. That’s why I’m backing Tom Herbert in his efforts to achieve just that.”

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson echoed their support and said the Lib Dems in the Scottish Parliament would “help Tom take this issue further.”

She added: “The pressure will increase on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to provide this valuable service to local people at Stobhill Hospital. Tom’s long-running campaign has my full support.”

Tom told the Herald he was delighted the Lib Dems were “taking ownership of this issue.”

He added: “Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board’s doctrine is that everyone should have equal access to health care.

“Well, this is a major inequality in health care for this area.”

More cancer patients and their families have been posting their support for the campaign on the Herald’s Facebook page.

Shona Horn said: “I very strongly agree with this campaign. I have watched family members struggle with the journey. It’s appalling there are no facilities at Stobhill.”

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chief Executive Robert Calderwood said last month he would continue to review the service in “an open and transparent way.”.