Responding to the announcement today that the opening of Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People could face prolonged delays, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Patients and their parents will undoubtedly be exasperated by the news that the Sick Kids' opening is likely to face prolonged delays.
"Ultimately, oversight for this project rests with the Health Secretary, and on that, she has been asleep at the wheel. Hospital ventilation must meet the rigorous standards set out and ensuring medical facilities are safe is the absolute priority. But detailed assessments of the ventilation system should have identified these problems much sooner. The decision to involve KPMG displays the depth of the lack of confidence in contractors and those overseeing them. This is a shambles.
“The Health Committee are already looking into the safety of healthcare environments across Scotland following the deaths of patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital earlier this year. Patients’ health and safety cannot be put at risk again. These problems must be addressed swiftly so that patients can benefit from this brand new multi-million pound facility.”