“Deeply disappointing” - No timetable for Gilbert Bain Hospital replacement

17 Apr 2024
Gilbert Bain Hospital building

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has questioned the Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery and Health as to when a replacement to the Gilbert Bain Hospital can be expected.

Asking a supplementary question in the Chamber this afternoon (Wednesday 17th April 2024) on the Scottish Government’s revised Infrastructure Investment Plan Ms Wishart said:

“The Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick is one of the oldest hospital buildings in the highlands and islands, as the Cabinet Secretary will know from his recent visit to Shetland.

“When will my constituents learn of the timetable for crucial work to replace the 1950s designed building?

“Will we need to wait until the publication of the revised Infrastructure Investment Plan or can it be confirmed now that the anticipated timeline hasn’t changed?”

In response the Cabinet Secretary was unable to provide a timescale. He confirmed that, as with other projects, the case for replacement had been made.

After the question session Ms Wishart said:

“Shetland needs a new hospital.

“We need a facility that is fit for the 21st century, fit to meet the needs of clinicians and those working in it as well as for patients.

“The Gilbert Bain Hospital’s 1950s design was outgrown years ago, and this must be taken into consideration by the infrastructure review.

“It is deeply disappointing that the Cabinet Secretary could not give a timetable today of when Shetland residents might receive care in a modern facility.”


Notes to Editors

Ms Wishart’s question can be seen here.

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