Campaigners fighting to secure cancer treatments at Stobhill Hospital are being backed by a political figure who is also a doctor.
Dr Amanjit Jhund, Labour’s candidate for East Dunbartonshire in May’s general election, is supporting the chemotherapy campaign led by Lenzie man Tom Herbert.
Dr Jhund, who worked at Leeds cancer centre during a 10-year career in medicine, believes the service is vital for local people.
He has submitted a Freedom of Information request to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde asking for a detailed breakdown on the safety concerns expressed by them regarding chemo at Stobhill.
Dr Jhund has also set up an online petition which he says has so far gathered several hundred signatures.
He added: “There are also irregularities with the population modelling the health board carried out and they have serious questions to answer.
“For too many people suffering from cancer in East Dunbartonshire the trip to the Beatson for chemotherapy is a gruelling challenge.
“That is why I am backing the campaign to provide these services locally.
“Tom has done a fantastic job in highlighting the issue.
“I know with his help and energy we can drive this campaign forwards and deliver the services the people of East Dunbartonshire need”.
Dr Jhund said he also plans to speak to local business leaders this week to discuss their views on the issue.
Last month, the campaign suffered a blow when the then Scots health secretary, Alex Neil, dismissed a plea in parliament by the Scottish LibDems backing the fight. Mr Neil said NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde believes the provision of the service would be “unsafe and unsustainable”.
East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson is also backing the provision of chemo at Stobhill.
Tom Herbert said: “The health board have a lot of questions to answer and I am absolutely delighted at the way Dr Jhund is pushing to bring this much needed cancer service back to Stobhill.”
The Herald’s Facebook page has been inundated with comments from local people backing the campaign.
Local people and their families suffering from cancer have to travel to the Beatson in Glasgow for chemotherapy.
Many of them have told the Herald their illness, combined with debilitating side effects of chemo treatment, mean the journey, often by bus, is gruelling and stressful.
To add your name to Dr Jhund’s petition, visit http://www.jhund.co.uk/chemotherapy_petition.