Health chief supports new hospital for Glasgow

    Tom Divers, the incoming chief executive of Glasgow’s new
    health authority, has spoken out in favour of building a brand new
    ‘super hospital;’ for the city, a proposal which has
    been steadfastly opposed by the current management.

    Divers, formerly chief executive of Lanarkshire Health Board
    since 1996, is to take up his post in charge of the newly created
    NHS Greater Glasgow, which will replace the current Greater Glasgow
    Health Board and four health trusts in November.

    He inherits a row over plans for health services in the city
    with the current management in favour of upgrading the site of the
    Southern General Hospital, while pressure groups support a new
    build option at a vacant site in Cowglen.

    Divers said: “One of the challenges is to be able to move to the
    benefits that can come from the provision of facilities designed
    and built for the 21st century.” He continued to say
    that he had seen the benefits in Lanarkshire where “Law Hospital
    and Hairmyres Hospital have both been replaced by brand new
    sites”.

    Danny Crawford, the chief officer of the patients watchdog the
    Greater Glasgow Health Council, backed Divers and said: “Tom Divers
    is quite right to say there is a need for new buildings in
    Glasgow.”

    Divers statement is bound to add fuel to what has already been a
    controversial issue. The new hospital is only one part of a
    £500 million radical shake up of services in Glasgow with
    accident and emergency units being rationalised, the closure of one
    maternity hospital and replacing two general hospitals with walk-in
    day care centres.

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