Commenting on the fact that the former Cresswell Maternity Unit has sat empty since December 2017, Colin Smyth MSP said;

“Local people expect value for money from all NHS spending to ensure that as many resources as possible are put into frontline healthcare. I am aware that the NHS locally have made progress in reducing the size of their estate with the sale of Crichton Hall but it is disappointing how long it is taking to move new services to be put into the old Cresswell maternity unit. However, it does expose the weakness of using private finance rather than direct Government capital funding for big projects such as this. We shouldn’t forget that the new hospital has been built using a very similar private finance arrangement that will need to be paid back at significant interest over many decades. My own view is that all PFIs should be brought back under public control and ownership whether that is hospital buildings or our schools because in the long term that is better value for money”

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