The Scottish health secretary has given assurances that plans to create a “major trauma centre” in Dundee will not be hampered by ongoing issues at NHS Tayside.
Shona Robison, who is also MSP for Dundee City East, said the plans would carry on regardless of the changes in leadership after she was quizzed on the matter by North East Scotland Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald.
She told the Scottish Parliament: “Progress on implementing the Scottish trauma network, including the opening of the major trauma centres in Aberdeen and Dundee in autumn this year, is continuing as planned.
“Implementation will not be affected by the recent events at NHS Tayside.”
The new trauma centres aim to help patients with significant injuries to recover quicker. Around 1,000 Scots suffer “major trauma” each year.
Work is expected to begin on Dundee’s trauma unit, as well as three other centres in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, in October.