14,000 sign A&E petition

14,000 sign A&E petition

Dunfermline man James Philp started the campaign calling for A&E services to be brought back to Queen Margaret Hospital.

Nearly 14,000 people have signed a petition calling for A&E services to be reinstated at Dunfermline's Queen Margaret Hospital.

The department was moved to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy two years ago.

Forth News revealed in March that local man James Philp (pictured above with wife Patricia) was leading the fight.

He said: "Lives are being put at risk here, people who have heart attacks, strokes, women having babies - it's too far for them to travel."

James is now calling on politicians to back his campaign, he added: "I think they should be doing more in their constituencies.

"The people that voted them in there, they should be going out there and asking how they feel about it."

Some of the comments James has been getting about his petition online

James said: "My original target was 10,000 signatures but I've passed that now.

"I'm going to keep going, until I speak to everyone who wants to sign, I won't rest until I have every one of their signatures."

NHS Fife has previously defended the decision to move the emergency department from Dunfermline to Kirkcaldy.

Chief Executive, John Wilson, said: "The decision allows NHS Fife to deliver services to the population at sustainable and clinically safe levels of staffing. 

"It ensures that those most in need of urgent medical help are seen rapidly in a department able to respond safely and immediately to the most critical needs. 

"The move has expanded the availability of senior medical cover on the one site, which would have been impossible to maintain on two sites."