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Freeman’s last chance to come clean on major NHS projects

Health secretary Jeane Freeman will be urged to come clean on the state of major health projects in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow.

As part of Scottish Conservative business, shadow health secretary Miles Briggs will say it’s the SNP minister’s last chance to be fully transparent about progress on capital NHS schemes.

It follows weeks of revelations about delays and increased costs in hospital projects across Scotland.

Failings in relation to the new Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh – now nearly a decade late – have been widely reported, as have ongoing issues at the so-called Queen Elizabeth “super hospital” in Glasgow.

And at the weekend, it emerged the cost to the taxpayer of a new hospital and cancer centre in Aberdeen has rocketed by £50 million.

Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:

“We are calling on the SNP to confirm now that no further delays or issues with any other ongoing NHS projects are known about.

“Jeane Freeman should be in no doubt that this is her last chance to show the leadership needed to turn this unacceptable situation around.

“Three major projects, in Scotland’s three largest cities, have been beset by problems and the buck stops with this SNP government.

“The nationalists signed these projects off, and must take responsibility for their failures.”

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