11 January 2017
Nearly £500 million of new healthcare facilities, including two new hospital buildings, are expected to open to patients in 2017-18.
Funded through Scottish Government investment, these new NHS and local council facilities will provide patients across Scotland with treatment in purpose-built, 21st century settings.
The First Minister discussed the investment during a visit to Midlothian Community Hospital in Bonnyrigg. She highlighted the importance of “putting people at the heart of treatment”.
The First Minister confirmed an extra £107 million that will ensure more people are able to be cared for safely in their own homes and avoid preventable admissions to hospital – this is set to transform patient care in Scotland.
An extra £107 million that will ensure more people are able to be cared for safely in their own homes and avoid preventable admissions to hospital is set to transform patient care in Scotland.The money will be invested into health and social care partnerships which bring together NHS and local council care services for patients, in particular the elderly, and reduce the need for them to go into hospital for treatment.This new investment means NHS spending on social care and investment will increase to almost half a billion pounds in the coming year, and will go towards delivering our living wage commitment to adult social care workers.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon discussed the investment today during a visit to Midlothian Community Hospital in Bonnyrigg, watch more here.
Posted by The Scottish Government on Monday, 9 January 2017
Following Midlothian, the First Minister visited the site of the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, which received £200 million of Non-Profit Distribution (NPD) funding. The programme, valued at £3.5 billion, is being used to fund projects in further education, health and transport. The hospital is due for completion in December 2017.
Construction of the new hospital has resulted in 215 new jobs – 55 more than planned – for people from the region, the First Minister confirmed.
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) January 9, 2017
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
Meeting apprentices and graduates, I saw first-hand what the hospital’s construction means to them as they kick-start their careers.
“This is delivering a meaningful community benefit, as well as an injection into the local economy. With a full year’s work ahead of us until the hospital is complete, we fully intend to make the most of the opportunities this presents to the community, as well as to individuals seeking training or work opportunities.”