Macdonald condemns SNP U-turn on ARI



North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today condemned Health Secretary Shona Robison for abandoning the SNP's previous commitment to four major trauma centres across Scotland, and of going back on their word regarding the proposed facilities in Aberdeen and Dundee.

In April 2014 the Scottish Government announced that four specialist major trauma centres would be set up by 2016, including Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, but Shona Robison admitted today that the SNP Government's commitment to four centres is now being "reviewed."

Lewis Macdonald said today:

"The SNP made a commitment in 2014 that Scotland would be served by four major trauma centres, and that Aberdeen and Dundee would be part of that vital network.

"Now SNP Ministers have admitted they could go back on their word, and support only two major trauma centres, both in the Central Belt.

"Shona Robison tried today to hide behind unnamed clinicians, who apparently could not agree on how many major trauma centres Scotland needs. She failed to explain why SNP Ministers didn't consult these same doctors before making their announcement in 2014.

"The SNP's willingness to backslide on this issue would have an impact on ARI and on the rest of NHS Grampian's services, in particular on its ability to attract experienced doctors.

"The SNP's approach is already damaging morale, and is bound to impact on consultant recruitment and retention at ARI.

"Shona Robison failed today to confirm that Aberdeen and Dundee will be major trauma centres in future, but she will certainly have to explain herself to voters at the next election."

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