Former chief medical officer joins Monklands board

Professor Sir Harry Burns appointed to board overseeing project to replace University Hospital Monklands

Thursday 29th August 2019

Former chief medical officer Professor Sir Harry Burns has been appointed to the board overseeing the project to replace University Hospital Monklands.

The appointment of the professor of global health at the University of Strathclyde, has been approved by the board of NHS Lanarkshire.

Last month it was announced a fresh assessment of potential sites for the new hospital is being undertaken, with the establishment of a Monklands Replacement Oversight Board (MROB), chaired by Dr Lesley Thomson QC.

NHS Lanarkshire faced opposition over its plans to move Monklands hospital from Airdrie to Gartcosh, with concerns raised about the consultation process.

An independent review said the selection process for the location should be re-run, with health secretary Jeane Freeman ruling out the option of rebuilding the hospital on its current site.

NHS Lanarkshire non-executive directors Brian Moore and Michael Fuller will also join the MROB, which is expected to meet for the first time in September.

Neena Mahal, chair of the NHS Lanarkshire board, said: “I am delighted that Professor Sir Harry Burns has agreed to join the MROB.

“Having such an eminent and respected expert in the field of healthcare in the role of an external, independent member will help provide greater public confidence in the project, as will the ongoing involvement of the public forum representatives.”

North Lanarkshire Public Partnership Forum and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Forum have each been asked to nominate two public representatives to join the MROB, which is currently under their consideration.

Graeme Reid, director of the Monklands Replacement Project (MRP), added: “The work of this new oversight board, which will report to the board of NHS Lanarkshire, will help the MRP to move forward as we address the urgent need to provide a new, state-of-the-art University Hospital Monklands for the communities of Lanarkshire.”