The people of the north-east have for years been poorly served by a lack of funding and support to NHS Grampian. An update on the current infrastructure investment plan says that the main construction work on the Baird family hospital and Anchor centre will take place “ later than previously reported”. The work was supposed to be completed by 2021. Given concerns about cost and recent incidents in the wider national health service estate, will the First Minister give the people of the north-east a realistic timeline for the opening of that vital facility?
We need to make sure that the services are the right services, delivered in line with budgets.
We are increasing health budgets for NHS Grampian and health boards across the country. I again point out to the Conservatives, as I frequently do when spending on health, education, justice or any other matter is raised, that if we had followed the strictures and recommendations of the Conservatives when it came to setting our budgets and had prioritised tax cuts for the richest in our country instead of extra funding for the national health service, our health service would, right now, have more than £500 million less in its budget than it currently has.