Government needs to sort out Sick Kids “fiasco” as costs continue to rise


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has urged the Health Secretary to use her statement later today on the “fiasco” of the Sick Kids hospital to “come clean” on exactly what went wrong and when the hospital will finally be operational.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has urged the Health Secretary to use her statement later today on the “fiasco” of the Sick Kids hospital to “come clean” on exactly what went wrong and when the hospital will finally be operational.

This comes as a freedom of information request by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed that NHS Lothian spent over £62,000 advertising the Sick Kids move to the new site at Little France – a move that was cancelled 100 hours before patients were due to arrive. The adverts came in the form of leaflets, radio clips and bus posters.

It is reported that NHS Lothian has been repaying the equivalent of about £1.4 million a month since February to a private consortium for the unopen Sick Children’s Hospital.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The Health Secretary needs to use today’s statement to tell Parliament exactly what has gone wrong at the new Sick Kids and to come clean about when it’s going to be fixed.

“Patients and staff are understandably frustrated about the lack of information on why this brand new hospital is deserted.

“Monthly costs for the unopened hospital continue to pile up at an astonishing rate and now we know a further £62,000 was spent on advertising for a hospital move that never took place. To make matters worse, we found at least one advert still pointing parents to the wrong place more than a month later.

“The SNP Government should take this opportunity to set the record straight on this fiasco and give Edinburgh residents a clear timetable of action. At the moment we’re pouring more and more money down the drain without an end in sight.”


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