‘We should build new hospital in Perthshire to replace Ninewells’

Ninewells Hospital
Ninewells Hospital

A local MSP has called for Ninewells to be replaced over a £12 million electricity upgrade.

Conservative Murdo Fraser, who represents Mid Scotland and Fife, believes it should make way for a greenfield site in the Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire.

Murdo Fraser with Ruth Davidson

He feels the move would be justified after hearing Ninewells Hospital requires a £12 million upgrade to its electricity supply. Details of this emerged during NHS Tayside’s annual review meeting, which was held earlier this week.

Jenny Marra MSP, who represents North East Scotland, put forward the idea that a new hospital should be built in Dundee, but Mr Fraser has now put the case for basing it in Perthshire.

He said: “NHS Tayside is looking at a major re-design of health care where Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI) is becoming a satellite of Ninewells Hospital. PRI would have less emergency operations but more elective surgery.

“However, the case must be made for a new hospital replacing Ninewells to be based in Perthshire.

“When you look at the population growth in Tayside the biggest increase is in Perth and Kinross, particularly in the west of the county.

“Therefore, if you are proposing to build a new hospital I feel it should be built in Perthshire, which is in the centre of the Tayside region, rather than Dundee.”

He continued: “A greenfield site in the Carse of Gowrie would be an ideal location for a new hospital. I feel it would be an innovative idea and could follow the move which saw the state-of-the-art Forth Valley Hospital being built on a greenfield site at Larbert.”

Ninewells Hospital opened in 1974.