SNP ‘have no idea’ how much ma­jor trauma cen­tres will cost

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY AN­DREW LID­DLE

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of hav­ing no idea how much its de­layed ma­jor trauma cen­tre net­work will cost.

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

In 2014, of­fi­cials stated it would be ready by last year, but this week the first min­is­ter said that £5mil­lion would spent on 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.

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

“The new Scot­tish Trauma Net­work Steer­ing Group will work with the trauma re­gions and Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to de­velop a na­tional, phased im­ple­men­ta­tion plan which will set out pri­or­i­ties for in­vest­ment.”

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

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 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 that’s been so dis­tracted by the con­sti­tu­tion that it can’t de­liver cru­cial projects on time.”

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman said a steer­ing group would over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the net­work.

“Ini­tial es­ti­mates from the re­gions and SAS sug­gest that the net­work may cost up to £30 mil­lion.

“How­ever, more de­tailed fi­nan­cial plan­ning un­der way.”

“It’s ev­i­dence of in­com­pe­tent run­ning of the NHS by the na­tion­al­ists”

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First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon at Holy­rood

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