Anas Sarwar tweeted:
BREAKING: The SNP Government has just confirmed the decision to close the RAH kids ward. This is Sturgeon during the election saying there were no plans to close it. She lied!! What an utter disgrace. Pathetic silence from @GeorgeAdam and @MhairiBlack. #SaveOurNHSWe've checked all current SNP MP Twitter timelines and cannot find any tweets mentioning the closure.
Health Minister, Shona Robison, has approved NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's plans to transfer inpatient and day case paediatric patients from the Paisley hospital to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
Shona Robison justified the closure saying:
I know the service many families have received from Ward 15 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital has been highly valued, which is why I have approved these proposals on two conditions - that the health board must maintain and continue to improve community based paediatric services and maximise local provision, and that they must work directly with families from the Paisley area on specific, individual treatment/service access plans.Scottish Labour MSP Neil Bibby, whose regional seat includes Paisley, said his constituents has been "stabbed in the back" by the SNP.
"These provisions will ensure that there is a full understanding of what services and support will be available to local families and from where.
Neil Bobby went on to say:
Thousands of local people have said loudly and clearly that they want to children's ward to be protected.Carolann Davidson, from the Kids Need Our Ward group said:
"The SNP government had a choice - to listen to local families or to ignore them and they have chosen to completely ignore the views and wishes of local families.
Kids Need Our Ward have been campaigning since August 2011 and we feel totally betrayed by this decision.It is believed that Shona Robison has opted not to close Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow.
"Shona Robison claimed to listen to local families, she did speak to them, but clearly didn’t listen.
"I think kids will die as a result of this decision.