Cleft surgery decision bitter blow to campaigners

I've criticised the decision by the Scottish Government to centralise cleft surgery services to Glasgow.

A campaign by parents opposing the plan gathered 3,500 signatures while the Cleft Lip and Palate Association previously said they wanted the surgical service to remain on two sites because of "a lack of evidence to show that the existing structure wasn't working".

The decision by the Cabinet Secretary for Health to centralise cleft surgery services to Glasgow will come as a bitter blow to campaigners who have tirelessly worked to make the case for a continuing service in Edinburgh.

Dr Mehendale has led a world class unit providing care and surgery to children affected by cleft palette issues and I know will share the disappointment of campaigners in this outcome.

Just because something looks to make sense financially doesn’t mean that it outweighs the very real impact on patients on the east coast who will now be deprived of a local and world leading centre of excellence in this field.

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