To: Martin Griffiths CEO (Stagecoach)
Introduce bus service from Dundee to Stratheden Hospital
For a regular bus route to be introduced that people can use to get from Dundee City Centre to Stratheden Hospital in Fife.
Why is this important?
Hundreds of students (nursing, medical and allied health professions) are placed at this hospital a year from Dundee University, Dundee & Angus College and Abertay University (and the surrounding area) and using public transport can take up to two hours to get there and back even though it is only a 30/40 minute journey. Its not only students who would benefit from this, stratheden has staff, visitors and patients who would find this bus route useful. At present, anyone getting to Stratheden Hospital via public transport has to get a bus from the hospital into the town centre of Cupar (which only runs once an hour so you often have to resort to a taxi) and then wait to get either a train into Dundee or another bus. The hospital itself plays a big role in mental health care within NHS Scotland but is currently facing a staffing shortage and from personal experience I believe this has a lot to do with how unaccessible the hospital and as many of you may know, staffing & student shortages leads to poor care delivery. I urge anyone who works at the hospital, is a student and understands the struggles of travelling to placement, someone who understands how important good staffing levels within the NHS are or just anyone who wants to support the cause to please sign this petition. Thank you.