Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross says his party is fully committed to replacement Eye Pavilion
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has said his party is fully committed to delivering a new replacement Eye Pavilion for Edinburgh and the Lothians.
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Speaking outside the Eye Pavilion on Chalmers Street with Lothian Tory candidates Miles Briggs and Susan Webber, Mr Ross said Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge last week to “renew” the hospital did not go far enough.
He said: “As we recover from the Covid crisis, we must ensure that patients have access to vital services on their doorstep.
“The Scottish Conservatives are pledging to boost our NHS with £2 billion worth of more funding over the course of the next parliament to support our heroic staff on the frontline.”
Mr Briggs said a new eye hospital was “absolutely essential”.
He said: “There is a cross-party consensus for a replacement eye pavilion as well as wholehearted support from patients who rely on it.
“Even prior to the pandemic, a new eye hospital was vital for meeting the future needs of NHS Lothian.
“The funding is there to deliver a service that is fit for purpose. Delivering this new eye hospital for patients will be a top priority for me if I am re-elected.”
Scottish Conservative Lothian candidate Sue Webber said: “As someone with over 25 years in the healthcare service, I am acutely aware of the importance of patients being able to access services where and when they need them.
“We simply must have a dedicated eye hospital based here in Edinburgh rather than services being split across Lothian.”