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S5W-13356: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the opening of the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh has been reportedly delayed until Autumn 2018, and what discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding this. 

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 January 2018

The Scottish Government has regular discussions with NHS Lothian regarding the delay at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh and these discussions will continue until the project is complete.

NHS Lothian have suffered unexpected initial delays on site, which included the liquidation of a crucial sub-contractor, severe weather and issues surrounding piling works.

NHS Lothian remain committed to delivering this flagship facility in a timely manner and to the highest of standards. They are working with the contractors to open the hospital as soon as possible and aim for moves to take place by autumn 2018. Their forensic work with IHSL and Multiplex will continue through regular meetings over the coming weeks and the Scottish Government will be kept fully informed of developments.