MSP raises concerns about health centres cost



1 February 2018



North East Labour Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on the Health Minister to take action to ensure that there are no further increases in the cost of the new Baird Family Hospital and the Anchor Centre at Foresterhill.

NHS Grampian announced today that “design complexities” mean that the cost of the project was rising to £163.7 million – an increase of £13.7 million on the initial estimate. In addition, construction is not due to start until 2019 - initially the work should have begun in 2018 – meaning that the new centres will not be finished until 2021.

Lewis said :

“This is a project which has been funded by the Scottish Government to the tune of £120 million through their Non-Profit Distributing partnership with the private sector.

If the price of the contract has gone up, it is reasonable to ask where this money is expected to come from.”

“In addition, the SNP Government must give assurances to NHS Grampian and to patients across the North East that there will be no further increases to the cost and no further delays before these much-needed new centres will be opened.

“The new Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre will make a real difference to healthcare in the North East, but NHS Grampian is already under-funded and should not have to come up with additional money to pay for capital projects.”