MSP calls for re-think on removal of Ninewells stem-cell harvest facility

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has written to the Chief Executive of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and SNP Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP, following the decision to remove stem-cell harvest facility from Ninewells. The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP has asked for the decision to be reversed. Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife said: “I am deeply concerned at the impact which the removal of the stem-cell harvest facility at Ninewells will have on patients. The transfer of such a facility to Aberdeen will mean patients travelling from Perthshire facing an additional 80 mile journey. “For many patients receiving treatment for myeloma the procedures require significant travel and stress often with patients requiring several days of blood tests, something which will only be exacerbated by the transfer of stem-cell harvesting to Aberdeen.        “Additionally there is a concern that the removal of stem-cell harvest facility from Ninewells may also impact of the future viability of transpantational services at Ninewells and the impact may have. “I have today written to the Chief Executive of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and SNP Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP, to ask for the decision to remove stem-cell harvest facility from Ninewells to be reversed.”