Scottish health board receives £120m to transform women’s and cancer services

The Scottish government has awarded £120m of funding to NHS Grampian to transform maternity and cancer services in the area.

The money is part of the government’s non-profit distributing programme that works to cap private sector returns and redistribute any profits to the public sector. NHS Grampian will spend the cash on creating a new maternity hospital and cancer care centre in Aberdeen.

Health secretary Alex Neil said the development project “will see expectant mothers from all across Aberdeen and the surrounding areas give birth in a better environment and benefit from new equipment and state-of-the-art facilities.”

The new women’s hospital, to be constructed close to the existing children’s hospital in Aberdeen, will replace the existing facility and include a planned community maternity unit for the city and surrounds as well as a range of gynaecology services.

The cancer care centre will be created close to the new hospital and should reverse the current trend of long wait times for cancer treatment at the existing maternity hospital.

Councillor Bill Howatson, chairman of NHS Grampian’s board, said: “This commitment made today by the Scottish government represents a huge investment in health services in the north east.”

“It reflects the good working relationship which exists between the board and Scottish government and I am very pleased that, with input from staff and patients, we have been able to make out the case for transforming services for women and cancer patients.”