Macdonald welcomes confirmation of ARI major trauma centre

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today welcomed official confirmation that Aberdeen will be a major trauma centre after Health Secretary Shona Robison finally put the First Minister’s pledge on the parliamentary record.

Lewis said,

“It is good that the Health Secretary has finally put the First Minister’s commitment to four major trauma centres in Scotland on the parliamentary record, after she failed to take the opportunity to do so during the health debate on 7 June.

“It is disappointing that clinicians at Aberdeen and Dundee have faced six months of unnecessary uncertainty waiting for the results of a review which was apparently never completed and which has not made any recommendations to Ministers.

“Earlier this year, the Health Secretary insisted that no decision would be made until she had received these recommendations, so I am glad that we have changed her mind.

"The consultants, NHS staff, trade unions and general public who campaigned for a major trauma centre in Aberdeen have won a hugely important victory. No doubt those who were commissioned to review the original decision from 2014 will wonder why Ministers have wasted their time."

Reply to Lewis Macdonald MSP’s oral questions on major trauma centres:

4 February 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison): There is now better data available than there was in 2013, and that is why I have asked the national planning forum to look again at the most appropriate model for Scotland, taking all of that data into account. Until that work is completed and we get the clinicians to agree on what is the best model for Scotland, I will not make a decision on the number of major trauma centres.

Extract from Official Report of health debate 7 June 2016:

Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland) (Labour): All is well that ends well, and I am sure that Shona Robison will put those commitments on the parliamentary record today in order to allow attention to be focused on the necessary development of capability and capacity at both Aberdeen royal infirmary and Ninewells. (Shona Robison failed to make such a commitment during the debate).

Answer to written Parliamentary Question received 9 June 2016:

Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government, with regard to the designation of four major trauma centres in Scotland, previously announced in April 2014, what recommendations were made to ministers following the meeting of the National Planning Forum on 28 April 2016; what other advice ministers have received or expect to receive on this issue, and when a final decision will be made.

Shona Robison:The National Planning Forum has not made any recommendations to Scottish Ministers following its meeting on 28 April.

The First Minister has confirmed that there will be 4 major trauma centres in Scotland – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. These centres will operate within an inclusive national trauma network to help deliver improved outcomes for severely injured patients.


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