Raigmore Hospital faces £45m repairs
SHOCK figures have revealed Raigmore Hospital in Inverness is facing a backlog of work and repairs totalling £45 million, sparking calls for more investment.
The figure emerged in a new report by health chiefs highlighting more than £1 billion is needed to fix health buildings in the north of Scotland including the Highlands.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart said the suggestion of a new Raigmore Hospital had been raised five years ago as it was “not fit for purpose”.
“I realise that the health authority has carried out some work since then but you have to wonder how much patching and mending can be done,” he said.
Conservative MSP Edward Mountain said it was time outstanding capital projects in the Highlands received the investment they needed rather than the government prioritising the central belt.
But the Scottish Government insisted it was investing extensively in the north and the report demonstrated local boards were working collaboratively. A joint statement by NHS boards in the north said 61 per cent of premises were more than 30 years old and significant investment was planned in the next three years.