Aberdeen medics must make their voices heard on trauma centre

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on Aberdeen doctors and health service staff to make their voices heard in supporting of keeping one of Scotland’s major trauma centres at the ARI.

Speaking after asking a question in parliament on the issue, Lewis said :

"The SNP said in 2014 that they would establish major trauma centres in Scotland's four largest cities, including Aberdeen and Dundee, but they have since admitted that they are "reviewing" and may go back on that commitment.

"Health Secretary Shona Robison claimed today that she was seeking a consensus on this issue among clinicians in all four centres, so it is essential that doctors, nurses and all those involved in the delivery of acute care at ARI make their voices heard.

"Specialties like neurosurgery, cardio-thoracic surgery and interventional radiology are vital to treatment of major trauma, and ARI is well-served in these areas.

"Equally, these specialties are anchored here by the fact that major trauma is dealt with in Aberdeen and by the promise of a major trauma centre and a trauma network in the future.

"If we want to secure the future of ARI as a flagship hospital in the Scottish NHS, health staff need to make their views known now."

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