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Scotland to build UK's largest new hospital without private funding

Strictly public financing for the 'health campus'.

The Govan district of Glasgowby Severin Carrell, The Guardian

April 23, 2008 — The largest and most expensive hospital commissioned in the UK is to be built in Glasgow without private finance after Scottish ministers promised £550m for the development.

The new Southern hospital in the Govan area of the city will offer private en-suite rooms for 1014 adult patients, a children's hospital with 240 beds, a state-of-the-art screening laboratory and a maternity hospital at a cost of £842m.

Greater Glasgow health board said the 28 hectare site would be one of the largest "health campuses" in Europe when it was finished in 2014, and would centralize acute services provided by three other hospitals in the city. It would spend £270m and use £20m from local endowments.

Alex Salmond, the first minister, said the decision to use public funds proved his government's determination to avoid private finance for new projects in Scotland - a direct challenge to Gordon Brown's reliance on private funding for Labour's ambitious school and hospital building program.

"By funding the entire project through public finance we are ensuring it is deliverable, affordable, sustainable and represents best value for money for the taxpayer," he said. . .

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  Scotland to build £842m 'health campus' without private funding, by Severin Carrell, The Guardian, Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Posted: April 29, 2008

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