Lewis Macdonald has condemned the SNP’s admission that Scotland’s planned trauma networks, including major trauma centres at Aberdeen and Dundee, have been delayed by at least three years.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement today on a visit to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.
Lewis Macdonald said today:
“This is hugely disappointing for everyone who relies on the NHS in Scotland, and particularly for people in Aberdeen and the North East.
“Nicola Sturgeon intervened personally to promise that Aberdeen would have a major trauma centre when she came to the city at the very end of last year’s Holyrood election campaign.
Now we are learning that plans for that major trauma centre have been pushed back a further three years.
“The SNP originally pledged that the major trauma centres at Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow would be operational by 2016.
Then they promised that all the preparatory work would be completed by the end of last year.
"Now we are learning we are actually going to have to wait until at least 2020 before we have the major trauma facilities we need to save lives.
“This will have a damaging impact on the morale of doctors and nursing staff at Foresterhill, many of whom have already worked hard to ensure plans for Aberdeen’s major trauma centre went ahead.
“Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Shona Robison have some serious questions to answer about their handling of this issue from start to finish.
"It is high time that the SNP kept their promises to the people of Aberdeen and the North East, and delivered the major trauma centre they promised the day before the last election.”