Dis­ap­point­ing de­lay for cen­tre

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Opinion -

SIR, – The news that the es­tab­lish­ment of the Aberdeen ma­jor trauma cen­tre is to suf­fer sig­nif­i­cant de­lay is very dis­ap­point­ing.

It needs a much bet­ter ex­cuse than “we must get the model right”. Af­ter all, we al­ready have all the nec­es­sary spe­cial­ist ser­vices on one site, at Forester­hill, and no re­search is needed to es­tab­lish what more will be needed, as ma­jor trauma cen­tres have been up and run­ning in Eng­land for years.

As a for­mer health sec­re­tary Ni­cola Stur­geon must know about these things. Get on with it, hon­our your pledge, and make sure that we get our cen­tre in full – and not what some sus­pect may hap­pen – a half-baked com­pro­mise dressed up as mem­ber­ship of a “net­work”. Hugh Pen­ning­ton, Carl­ton

Place, Aberdeen

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