Trauma cen­tre plan next month

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY CALUM ROSS

Plans to fi­nally de­liver a ma­jor trauma net­work across hospi­tals in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh will be un­veiled next month.

Health Sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son re­vealed the re­vised timetable af­ter be­ing pressed on de­lays by north­east MSP Lewis Mac­don­ald.

The net­work was ini­tially promised to be op­er­a­tional by the end of last year.

But, de­spite pre-elec­tion pledges from First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon, it was con­firmed in Jan­uary it would not be up and run­ning be­fore 2020, al­though Ms Ro­bi­son in­sisted the “vast bulk” of up­grades to in­di­vid­ual bases at Aberdeen and Dundee would be com­pleted by sum­mer 2018.

Ms Ro­bi­son’s fail­ure to up­date MSPs as planned last month sparked con­cerns it might have been hit by a fresh de­lay, and prompted Labour rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mr Mac­don­ald to write to the health sec­re­tary seek­ing as­sur­ances.

In re­sponse, she has now said: “The north of Scot­land plans, which in­clude pro­pos­als to have Aberdeen MTC (ma­jor trauma cen­tre) up and run­ning in 2018, are be­ing con­sid­ered along­side plans from the other re­gions and SAS (the Scottish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice), by the Scottish Trauma Net­work Steer­ing Group.

“The Steer­ing Group ex­pect to build on th­ese plans to pro­duce a na­tional trauma net­work im­ple­men­ta­tion plan by the end of De­cem­ber.”

How­ever, Mr Mac­don­ald ex­pressed alarm last night, say­ing: “In Jan­uary, the Scottish Gov­ern­ment said the health sec­re­tary would up­date the Scottish Par­lia­ment in Oc­to­ber; now Shona Ro­bi­son has ad­mit­ted that plan is not due to be com­pleted un­til De­cem­ber.

“This fur­ther slip­page is bound to cause con­cern among staff at Forester­hill.”

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