A POSTCARD campaign has been launched as part of a bid to keep Paisley’s children’s ward open.

The initiative is being spearheaded by West of Scotland Labour MSP Neil Bibby following the recommendation by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to close Ward 15 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Hundreds of Buddies have already signed up to demand that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon listens to their views.

Postcards will be available to sign at Labour Party stalls in the town centre, with thousands more being delivered to homes across the Paisley area.

Mr Bibby said: “Thousands of people have signed petitions against the closure but are being ignored.

“I would encourage everyone who feels this service should remain open to get involved in the postcard campaign.

“Nicola Sturgeon has a choice whether to listen to thousands of families in Renfrewshire or not.”

In response to the postcard campaign, a spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “The Health Secretary will continue to listen not just to the views of the health board but to those of parents, patients and other stakeholders.

“She met with stakeholders in May and again in July when she visited Ward 15 and is planning to visit the new children’s hospital as part of her considerations.”

Online versions of the postcards can be found at www.scottishlabour.org.uk.