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Public Purse to Fund New South Glasgow Hospital Campus

April 22, 2008 10:33 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde welcomed today’s announcement from the Scottish Government on funding approval for the building of the New South Glasgow Hospital on the site of the Southern General.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The Scottish Government’s approval of the Outline Business Case for the new South Glasgow Hospitals Campus is truly historic for the NHS in Scotland. Our proposals for the new campus represent the largest investment in health services ever undertaken in Scotland.”
Donald Sime, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Employee Director and Joint Chairman of the NHS GGC Partnership Forum, said: “This is terrific news for both patients and NHS staff. The joint trades unions are delighted that the Scottish Government has agreed to fund this major hospital build by public procurement. Public funding ensures NHS services are provided by NHS staff and this is most welcome. Other funding routes could have meant NHS staff tendering for the opportunity to provide services such as catering, cleaning and other support services. However, this confirmation of public funding now ensures that the new hospital campus will be run and managed by the full NHS team.”
Andrew Robertson added: “Investment in the new hospitals and maternity unit, together with the new laboratory facility will transform the experience of healthcare for patients and staff alike. It will see Glasgow become home to the largest, most advanced single NHS development in Scotland. Achieving this ‘gold-standard’ of triple co-location will ensure immediate access to specialist services of all kinds and therefore the highest quality and safety standards for adults, children and babies.

“A huge amount of detailed and expert work has gone into getting us to this pivotal stage in achieving our vision for the Southern campus. I would like to pay tribute to all involved to date and also as we go forward in developing the Full Business Case.
“This ambitious building programme will not only benefit the many thousands of patients we treat and our staff it will also deliver significant benefits and breathe new life into Govan and the wider area. Without doubt the biggest single factor in the regeneration of the area is this development boosting wealth, business opportunities, local jobs plus transport and environmental improvements.”
ENDS
For more information contact the Press Office on 0141 201 4429. 
 
* Artist impressions of the new hospitals are available on request. *

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