Vale of Leven Monitoring Group
Media releases / statements / 30/08/10

A special meeting of the Vale Monitoring Group today focused on mental health services.

The additional meeting was called to discuss the implications of the recent fire in Vale of Leven Hospital’s Christie Ward.

At their last session, Monitoring Group members instructed Chairman Bill Brackenridge to write to Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon seeking a fresh look at all possible options for Christie Ward, whose future was already under review.

Today they heard that the Minister had replied to that letter, indicating she intended to extend the review period for a further 8-10 months. Ms Sturgeon also said that “interim repatriation” of services would not be in the best interests of patients, or local people.

Members at the meeting, in Dumbarton Burgh Hall, were also given detailed reports on local mental health provision, including:

  • The evidence base for the health board’s approach to a more community oriented balance of care;
  • Possible options for interim provision of inpatient services after the Christie fire;
  • Staff Deployment.

The detailed papers sparked lively debate, and it was agreed that officials from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde would present the next monitoring group meeting with a draft of the report being prepared for the Health Board’s October meeting.

That would allow the Monitoring Group members to comment on the proposals before they went to the Board.

Following today’s meeting, Bill Brackenridge said he was extremely grateful to all parties involved for the time they had given up to discuss such a complex, and emotional issue.

He added: “The role of this group is to monitor the steps taken by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to implement the Vision for the Vale.

“I think today’s discussions show we are determined to carry out that role.”

The next meeting of the Monitoring Group will be held in Helensburgh, on Friday, October 1.


Issued on behalf of the Vale of Leven Monitoring Group by Logan Taylor.

Press inquiries about the group should be directed to Logan on 07790-137222; 0141-647-8065, or e-mail to