SNP have ‘no idea on cost of trauma centres’
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.”