Labour’s candidate for the Argyll and Bute seat in the upcoming general election, Mary Galbraith, was on Bute on Saturday to gain support for a petition calling for the reinstatement of local antenatal scanning.
Ms Galbraith told us that around 700 mums-to-be in Argyll and Bute have to travel to hospitals in Glasgow, Greenock, and Paisley for ultrasounds after scanning services in Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban and Rothesay were withdrawn in September 2013.
Hard copies of the petition are available from Liz’s Cupcake Heaven in Bishop Street, Rothesay, or online by clicking here.
One mum-to-be commented on the online petition: “Due to the nature of my pregnancy I receive very regular scans at Inverclyde. The staff at Inverclyde are great, but I have to take a full day off and the travel costs are huge. Sitting in the waiting room last week at Inverclyde, all the mums were mainly from Bute/Dunoon/Cowal. The midwives informed me that most of the mums local to Inverclyde go to Paisley for scans…so Inverclyde mainly serves mothers from Argyll and Bute. This is crazy economics at play.
“Devolve the scans to local maternity units and get the consultants to visit the local maternity units at regular intervals. It would make better financial sense, rather than 700 expectant mothers regularly travelling long distances in all weathers.”
Click on the video above to hear more from Ms Galbraith on the matter of maternity scans, as well as her thoughts on the upcoming general election.