THERE is only one test of the correctness or otherwise of the purchase by Scotland’s health minister, Malcolm Chisholm, of the private HCI hospital for £37.5 million of taxpayers’ money: will it make any difference to the treatment received by NHS patients? The answer is no.
THE Scottish Executive has struck a deal with the owners of the private HCI hospital which will see the 540-bed facility bought for the NHS at a cost of £50 million, it was claimed last night. Opposition politicians said the taxpayer was paying twice for the hospital in Clydebank, Glasgow, which has already received £40 million in government support since it was built in 1994.
JACK McConnell, the First Minister, was under increasing pressure last night to reveal the cost of buying Scotland’s biggest private hospital, as speculation grew that HCI has also been in talks with the private healthcare provider, BUPA.
THE SCOTTISH Executive is preparing to buy Scotland’s biggest private hospital in order to increase health service capacity, it emerged yesterday just hours before the NHS won a massive funding boost from the Chancellor.
MALCOLM Chisholm appeared to be caught on the hop yesterday when journalists tackled him about Labour’s plans to buy up the HCI hospital.
HUNDREDS of Scots NHS patients will be sent to the HCI hospital in the first major deal of the executive’s new public-private health concordat.