SNP have ‘no idea on cost of trauma cen­tres’

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - News - BY AN­DREW LID­DLE

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of hav­ing no idea of the cost of its se­ri­ally– de­layed ma­jor trauma cen­tre net­work.

Ni­cola Stur­geon faced a back­lash af­ter she ad­mit­ted that the net­work – which in­cludes Aberdeen – will not be ready for “at least” three years.

In 2014, of­fi­cials had sug­gested it would be ready by last year, but this week Ms Stur­geon only an­nounced that £5mil­lion would be put to­wards the de­vel­op­ing the project.

And now it has emerged that min­is­ters have no idea how much the life-sav­ing fa­cil­i­ties will cost, with of­fi­cials sug­gest­ing the sum “has yet to de­ter­mined”.

The in­de­pen­dent Scot­tish Par­lia­ment In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre con­tacted the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment on the is­sue of cost.

“Yet again, it’s ev­i­dence of ter­ri­ble for­ward plan­ning”

The re­sponse stated: “The costs of the Scot­tish Trauma Net­work have yet to be de­ter­mined.”

Last night the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said “ini­tial es­ti­mates” put the cost at around £30mil­lion – and in­sisted “more de­tailed fi­nan­cial plan­ning is un­der­way”.

But Tory health spokesman and High­lands and Is­lands MSP Don­ald Cameron said: “This project is be­com­ing more chaotic by the day.

“First the SNP con­firms there will be a de­lay of, at best, three years to these vi­tal ma­jor trauma cen­tres. Then the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ad­mits it has no idea how much the net­work run­ning these fa­cil­i­ties is go­ing to cost.

“Yet again, it’s ev­i­dence of ter­ri­ble for­ward plan­ning and in­com­pe­tent run­ning of the NHS by the na­tion­al­ists. It’s a gov­ern­ment so dis­tracted by the con­sti­tu­tion over the past few years it can’t de­liver these cru­cial projects on time.”

Ni­cola Stur­geon

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