First Minister visits site of new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Construction of the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has resulted in 215 new jobs – 55 more than planned – for people from the region, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.
At the project’s outset, contractors Laing O’Rourke pledged to create 160 new jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships on top of the 800-strong workforce already employed for the build. So far, the hospital’s construction has created 215 new jobs.
The new hospital received £200 million from the Scottish Government’s NPD (Non-profit Distributing) programme. The programme, valued at £3.5 billion, is being used to fund projects in further education, health and transport.
The hospital will provide 344 single-bed en-suite rooms, and will also house a combined assessment unit to manage emergency cases and bed allocation, theatres complex, critical care unit, women’s and children’s unit and outpatients department. It is expected to open, on time, in December this year.
The First Minister met apprentices and graduates working on the site during a visit today.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“It’s fantastic to see 215 new jobs have been created for people from the region – 55 more than expected. Meeting apprentices and graduates today, I saw first-hand what the hospital’s construction means to them as they kick-start their careers.
“This is delivering a meaningful community benefit, as well as an injection into the local economy. With a full year’s work ahead of us until the hospital is complete, we fully intend to make the most of the opportunities this presents to the community, as well as to individuals seeking training or work opportunities.
“This new facility will deliver high-quality health services to patients from the Dumfries and Galloway region, and we are investing in the latest technologies to ensure efficient and effective diagnostics and treatment for every patient.”
Jeff Ace, Chief Executive, NHS Dumfries and Galloway said:
“We are delighted that High Wood Health and construction partner Laing O’Rourke continue to remain on schedule with construction of the new build, and to the highest standard. This is a very exciting time for all involved in the new hospital project as we move closer to seeing our vision for a fantastic new facility for our patients and staff become a reality.
“The new hospital project has delivered all anticipated community benefits in terms of new jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities and we will continue to maximise these gains over the coming year.
“By the time the new hospital is handed over in September 2017 many local people will have made a significant contribution to the construction programme remaining on schedule, and will have gained valuable experience working on an exciting new build project.
“We would like to thank our partners in the project and also note the Board’s appreciation of the work of our Project Team, and of all the clinical and support staff who are working with them. I hope they will all take great pride in their contribution to creating this world class facility.”
The Scottish Government’s target is to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021, and has committed to delivering 30,000 new Modern Apprenticeships a year by 2020.
There were 25,818 Modern Apprentice starts in 2015-16 – surpassing the target of 25,500 for that year. The Scottish Government is on track to achieve its target of 26,000 starts in the second year of the expansion of the MA programme.