Scotland politics

Nicola Sturgeon hails £400m hospital fund

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Image caption The funding package will help to complete the redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Nicola Sturgeon has promised state-of-the-art hospitals and health centres will emerge from a £409m public-private funding package.

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus will be the main beneficiary with £120m to complete its redevelopment.

Millions of pounds will also go to hospitals and health projects across the country.

It will be funded through the Scottish government's non-profit distributing (NPD) model.

It is a form of public-private partnership which caps private sector returns with any surplus directed to the public sector rather than shareholders.

Ms Sturgeon said other projects which would receive money from the package included:

  • £90m to develop Aberdeen Women's Hospital;
  • £20m for the new Aberdeen Cancer Centre;
  • £65m for the East Lothian Community Hospital;
  • £20m for community health projects in Highland including Skye, Lochalsh, south west Ross-shire and in Badenoch and Strathspey;
  • £19m for primary care in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • £19m for primary care projects in Grampian including Newmachar, Balmedie Blackburn and Elsick.

Ms Sturgeon, who will be confirmed as Scotland's new first minister later this month, said: "These health projects will provide state-of-the-art facilities to care for thousands of patients across Scotland.

"This £409m investment will deliver the highest quality of health and social care services. This government's vision is to deliver world-leading safe, effective and person-centred healthcare.

"Today's announcement demonstrates that, despite the massive cuts to Scotland's capital budget from Westminster, the Scottish government will continue to deliver substantial investment in the infrastructure of the NHS through use of the innovative NPD model and the Hub programme."

Barry White, chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust which developed NPD for the government, said: "This massive investment in healthcare will deliver first-class, well designed buildings to support local healthcare and create thousands of jobs across Scotland.

"The SFT-managed £3.5bn NPD programme stands as one of the largest infrastructure investment programme of its type across Europe."

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