Murdo: Ninewells replacement should be built in Perthshire
Murdo Fraser MSP believes Perthshire should be the site of a new hospital to replace Ninewells.
The Scottish Conservative politician, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, feels that a greenfield site in the Carse of Gowrie would be an ideal location for a new building – mainly due to the population boom currently being seen in west Perthshire.
Mr Fraser feels the move would be justified after hearing Ninewells Hospital requires a £12 million upgrade to its electricity supply. Details of this emerged during NHS Tayside’s annual review meeting, which was held earlier this week.
Jenny Marra MSP, who represents North East Scotland, put forward the idea that a new hospital should be built in Dundee, but Mr Fraser has now put the case for basing it in Perthshire.
He said: “NHS Tayside are looking at a major re-design of health care where Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI) is becoming a satellite of Ninewells Hospital. PRI would have less emergency operations but more elective surgery.
“However, the case must be made for a new hospital replacing Ninewells to be based in Perthshire. When you look at the population growth in Tayside the biggest increase is in Perth and Kinross, particularly in the west of the county.
“Therefore, if you are proposing to build a new hospital I feel it should be built in Perthshire, which is in the centre of the Tayside region, rather than Dundee.”
He continued: “A greenfield site in the Carse of Gowrie would be an ideal location for a new hospital. I feel it would be an innovative idea and could follow the move which saw the state-of-the-art Forth Valley Hospital being built on a greenfield site at Larbert.”
Ninewells Hospital opened in 1974.