"A children's hospital ward is to close in two weeks - just a year after an independent review recommended it stayed open."
"The inpatient ward at St John’s hospital, Livingston, will stop accepting patients on July 7 onwards, NHS Lothian has confirmed."
"But the move has sparked fury among campaigners and locals who say sick kids will now be forced to travel over 20 miles to Edinburgh."
"The staff member added: `This will force families to travel into Edinburgh with a sick child and be far away from home. This could be problematic for those who rely on public transport`."
"`The staff were happy to provide cover and it’s just lies to say the issue is staffing problems when we have a full rota`."