Alternative sites

Gartcosh and Glenmavis were considered as sites for a new hospital.


Monklands Hospital could be replaced by a brand new hospital built on the former Gartcosh steelworks site.

Members of the public and health staff looked at various options for the replacement or refurbishment of University Hospital Monklands, from continuing maintenance of the current hospital, to a new building at a new site.

Those appraising the options included patients and public representatives, carers, clinicians (from hospitals, primary care and general practice) and staff representatives.

The option of a new hospital was tops in the first appraisal, with the groups then considering two locations – Gartcosh and Glenmavis - previously shortlisted from a list of 37 sites, and choosing Gartcosh.

Further work is still to be done.

NHS Lanarkshire will now produce a financial analysis and draw up a report, expected in early July, and then there will be an engagement process with the public, patients, carers, staff and the many other stakeholders involved across Lanarkshire, the West of Scotland and beyond. Clydesdale residents will be encouraged to have their say in that.

An outline business case will be submitted to the Scottish Government for approval next year, before the project can move on to a full business case in 2020.


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Construction is well underway now on the new Underbank Primary in the Clyde Valley.


Scotland’s Schools for the Future school building programme has invested over £14 million in South Lanarkshire.

£14.1m has been invested in building new schools across South Lanarkshire, and a total of 750 schools have been built or refurbished across Scotland since the SNP came to power in Scotland.

The Scottish Government’s school building programme that launched in 2009 will see the construction or refurbishment of 117 schools in total by March 2020, 87 of which are already open.

The SNP Scottish Government is investing in building and refurbishing schools in every local authority across the country through Scotland’s £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme, including £14.1m investment in South Lanarkshire.

Schools such as the excellent new Auchengray Primary are a fantastic addition to Scotland’s education system that demonstrate the SNP Government’s commitment to ensuring our young people and teachers can thrive in modern school buildings.

Supporting Clydesdale’s pupils, teachers and parents with state of the art school buildings, combined with the £170m Attainment Scotland Funding this year, will help ensure that every child in Scotland gets the best possible start in life, no matter what school they go to.


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Donor card - but many who support organ donation have never signed up.


This week in my role as Public Health Minister, I introduced a Bill to the Scottish Parliament which, if passed, will introduce a workable soft opt out system for organ donation, including safeguards to minimise the risk of a person becoming a donor if they would not have wished to donate.

This helps towards our aim of driving a long-term change in attitudes towards organ and tissue donation, and is part of a package of measures already in place to increase donation. It will be developed in a way that will do no harm to trust in the NHS nor the safety of organ donation.

The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill will change organ and tissue donation from the current ‘opt in’ system to an ‘opt out’ system. Under the proposed system, if someone has not stated a decision about donation, they may be deemed as having authorised it.

The Bill contains safeguards to ensure people’s wishes regarding donation are followed and that families will be asked about their loved one’s views to ensure donations don’t occur where the person would not have wished it.

The move to an opt out system received 82% support in a public consultation in 2017. It will add to measures that have contributed towards improvements in organ donation over the last decade in Scotland.

We need to do all we can to further reduce the number of people in Scotland waiting for transplants. We have made significant progress over the past decade, and moving to an opt out system will be part of driving a long term change in attitudes towards organ and tissue donation.

Organ and tissue donation is an incredible gift. Importantly, under the proposed system, people will still be able to make a choice about donation as they can now and there are safeguards to ensure their wishes are followed. I would encourage people to continue to make a decision about donation and to tell their family.

Organ donation can only occur in tragic circumstances, and every donor, supported by their family, makes a selfless decision that can save other people’s lives.

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A rail halt at Law is one of the options that will be considered.


I welcome the news that, following a reconsideration of their position by SPT, they will now be in a position to fund a Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) across the Clydesdale county, which will allow the STAG to progress to its next phase.

This means that transport options already identified can be considered between now and March 2019.

The purpose of the STAG is to focus on addressing the provision of travel options to improve access to employment and key services, as well as supporting tourism in the area.

The 18 options identified for consideration include providing rail halts at Law or Symington, a park and ride for Lanark station, providing shuttle buses between Law and Carluke station, and providing a shuttle bus to New Lanark, as well as looking at walking and cycling routes.

The previous phase of the STAG found a clear public desire to address the challenges of public transport provision in Clydesdale. We know the knock-on effects a lack of effective provision can mean for rural communities, so I am pleased that SPT have agreed to fund the STAG project in Clydesdale.

This gives us a major opportunity to consider how we can increase the integration of our transport options, improve access to public transport, and explore how we can strategically improve the offering of transport links in Clydesdale.



University of Glasgow

I welcome the announcement by the Scottish Government that new undergraduate university courses are to be funded with the focus on encouraging more students to become General Practitioners.

The Scottish Government will fund 85 additional places at the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The new courses will focus on general practice, supporting the Scottish Government’s aim to increase the number of GPs by at least 800 over the next decade. A new route for experienced healthcare professionals to enter medicine will also be introduced.

Between 2015-6 and 2020-21, the Scottish Government will have increased the number of medical places in Scottish universities to a record 1038 - a rise of 22%.

In Clydesdale, we know the challenges facing rural communities with retaining GPs locally. I am pleased therefore to see innovative action being taken by the Scottish Government to promote general practice as a long-term career for young doctors.

I am particularly pleased that the courses will include enhanced GP placements in deprived and rural settings. The new GP contracts will help make general practice a more attractive career by cutting workloads and will look to give doctors more time with their patients.



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