Scottish Government will continue to invest in Inverclyde’s health facilities, despite Westminster budget cuts

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde received confirmation from the Health Secretary today that the Scottish Government will consider upgrades to Port Glasgow Health Centre, should NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) submit proposals to the Scottish Government on this.

The local SNP MSP raised this during Portfolio Questions following a discussion he had with NHSGGC’s Chief Executive, Jane Grant, last week, who confirmed that investment in the Port Glasgow facility was a priority for the health board.

Commenting after Portfolio Questions, Stuart said:

“I welcome the Scottish Government’s investment of almost £30 million in delivering Orchard View hospital, which opened in 2017, and the new Greenock Health and Care Centre, which is reaching completion. By providing more accessible, high-quality healthcare services, these facilities will go a long way to improving health outcomes for local people.

“NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Chief Executive confirmed that upgrading the Port Glasgow Health Centre is a priority for the health board, and I welcome the Health Secretary’s commitment to consider providing financial capital to help make this happen once the health board has submitted their proposals.

“However, the Scottish Government makes this commitment to further invest in our NHS in the face of more cuts from Westminster – with a 5% cut to Scotland’s capital resource budget, within which there is a cut of 67% of financial transactions.

“It’s increasingly clear that only through winning our Independence will we have full control over how our money is spent – and the SNP are committed to using that resource to help Scotland recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and from Brexit.

“If the people of Inverclyde want to see continued investment in local health infrastructure, I urge them to make Both Votes SNP in the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary election.”

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