Managers have welcomed an independent report into Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary while criticising its summary as 'couched in soundbites'.
Headline points in the report ordered by Scottish health minister Sam Galbraith at the height of public concern about three deaths said the functioning of the hospital was 'discordant'. It praises the calibre and commitment of staff, but said the infirmary was stuck with 'outmoded' Victorian buildings and had a history of 'inadequate resourcing and lack of on-going investment'.
In response, Greater Glasgow health board chair Professor David Hamblen said the review showed that Victoria Infirmary trust had 'siphoned off' money allocated to it for specific purposes. He said this was one symptom of a period when it was 'flying blind' financially and pursuing a misguided 'low-price, high-volume' strategy.
'The board allocated an additional£4.4m to the infirmary 12 months ago in a step to return it to solvency,' he said. 'We will gladly review resource allocation, but will want to view that against the second main issue - reconfiguring services.'
The review recommends a shake-up of procedures for dealing with surgical emergencies, better availability of medical and surgical opinions, and an overhaul of general surgery staffing.
It recognises many of its recommendations would mean a 'holding position' and the long-term solution would be a new, single-site hospital for south Glasgow.
Victoria Infirmary medical director Dr Brian Cowan said the hospital would 'act positively' on the report's recommendations.
Dr Richard MacCallum, an accident and emergency consultant, said the report's summary was 'couched in sound bites and sensationalist tabloid language. Apart from that we take on board all the recommendations.'
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