Health secretary promises no more delays on trauma unit

John Swinney Deputy First Minister and Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has insisted there will be no further delays to the creation of a major trauma centre in Aberdeen as she confirmed it would finally be up and running later this year.

Ministers had initially promised that the network between Scotland’s four biggest cities, which would cost an initial £30 million and treat an estimated 6,000 patients a year, would be operational by the end of 2016.

But, despite pre-election pledges from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the target was not met. The centres would deal with the most serious injuries, such as those sustained in car crashes.

The North-east centre will be based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and RACH.