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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09550: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 31 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the opening of the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Major Trauma Centre has been delayed, and when it will be open to the public.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 June 2017

There has been no delay.

I refer the member to the answer that I gave to Ross Thomson, MSP's question in the chamber when we discussed my statement on trauma on 18 January. In reply to his question I said:

“I laid out in my statement the initial priorities for the £5 million spend [in 2017-2018], which include the development and enhancement of services in the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS). I am sure that Ross Thomson will appreciate that, if the SAS could not do triage through its 24/7 trauma desk, there would not be the glue for the rest of the network.

We have asked the [Scottish Trauma Network] steering group to develop some of the more detailed costings, which will include the development of Aberdeen and Dundee [major trauma centres] over the 12 to 18-month period. That goes beyond the £5 million and that work will be on-going. The 12 to 18-month period straddles two financial years and, in planning for 2018-19, I will want to make sure that any additional costs of developing Aberdeen and Dundee are included."

I expect the steering group to develop a phased national implementation plan for the Scottish trauma network by the end of the year. Colleagues from NHS Grampian are fully involved in this work.