MP: Work to­gether for best hospi­tal

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

An MSP is urg­ing col­leagues to “put party pol­i­tics aside” and work to­gether to en­sure La­nark­shire gets the £600 mil­lion new hospi­tal it des­per­ately needs.

Alex Neil’s words come hours af­ter health bosses at the cen­tre of what politi­cians de­scribed as “the big­gest stitch-up in his­tory” learned they will be forced to ex­plain them­selves over their con­tro­ver­sial site choice at Gart­cosh.

Mr Neil said he was “de­lighted” health sec­re­tary Jeane Free­man has in­sisted on a re­view of the site choice fol­low­ing wide­spread pub­lic and po­lit­i­cal con­cern over what has been de­scribed as a “deeply flawed” con­sul­ta­tion mired in ac­cu­sa­tions of rig­ging.

He said: “I’m call­ing on my col­leagues to put party pol­i­tics aside so we can work to­gether to en­sure La­nark­shire gets the best hospi­tal on the site which best suits lo­cal fam­i­lies.”

Mr Neil and MP Neil Gray de­liv­ered a 20-page re­sponse chal­leng­ing the health board’s choice of site, dis­put­ing travel times and site de­vel­op­ment costs.

The MP said: “We be­lieve that de­spite the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, NHS La­nark­shire had al­ready made its mind up Gart­cosh would be the pre­ferred site de­spite the pub­lic over­whelm­ing favour­ing Glen­mavis.”

NHS La­nark­shire said it “wel­comed” the re­view.

Alex Neil at Mon­k­lands

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