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ALEX SALMOND WELCOMES TIMETABLE FOR NEW INVERURIE HEALTH CENTRE

Alex Salmond MP has welcomed the announcement of the timetable for the new Inverurie Health and Social Care Hub Centre, which is set to be complete by 2018.

The announcement came as the agreement on the multi-million finance package was finalised earlier this month for new health centres in Inverurie and Foresterhill, paving the way for construction of both facilities to begin.

The Bundle package, worth £22 million, will see the creation of the new Inverurie Health and Social Hub along with a new Foresterhill health centre built near the site of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. These will be led by hub North Scotland after it was appointed as development partner by NHS Grampian. The construction of the sites will be carried out by Morrison Construction.

The construction programme was agreed on Wednesday 7 December and it is anticipated that the new centre will be handed over in its entirety in early Autumn 2018.

The replacement campus is part of a six health development projects around the country totalling £69 million, which were first planned in 2013 when Mr Salmond was First Minister of Scotland.

Inverurie Health Centre is Scotland’s largest single practice and the development of a modern integrated campus represents a hugely important investment of £14 million in local healthcare provision.

Commenting, Mr Salmond said:

"This announcement should be welcomed be everyone throughout the local area who depend on the services of the Inverurie Health Centre.  Since I represented the area first in 2007 it was one of our key targets to bring the health facilities in the growing town of Inverurie into the 21st century.
 
"I was delighted as First Minister to develop the health hub concept and it is that initiative which has allowed this vital project and many others around Scotland to move towards the construction stage.

"The current health centre in Inverurie is not fit for purpose and has not been for many years. Inverurie Health Centre is Scotland’s largest single practice so it is paramount that we have a centre that is fit to serve its 20,000 registered users.

"The fact that the Scottish Government is investing in projects worth £22 million represents the SNP’s commitment to the improvement of local health services in the North East of Scotland.

"Just like the building of the AWPR and the Inveramsy Bridge, years of waiting are now being replaced by concrete achievements."

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