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Further concerns over the proposed new Belford Hospital in Fort William have been flagged up by Lochaber-based Highlands and islands MSP Donald Cameron following a question about the future of the project was raised with Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.
A recent media report suggested there may be further delays and that the new hospital may not have surgical capacity.
The Conservative MSP and his party’s shadow health secretary at Holyrood raised these issues in a written question to Ms Freeman, but says he was told the Scottish Government will review the business case of the Belford Hospital when it is submitted and that NHS Highland was already building new hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford.
Mr Cameron said: ‘It has been more than five years since land was purchased for the new Belford and yet we are still no further forward with securing a new hospital for the community.
‘Many are worried the new hospital will lack surgical capabilities and I am disappointed that the Health Secretary failed to give such a commitment.
‘New hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford are welcome for those communities, but they will be of little use to people in Lochaber who want an up to date, local hospital that can provide a range of services.’