SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed news that the EU Investment Bank will provide funding for the construction of a hospital in Dumfries and Galloway. Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, alongside Westminster candidate Richard Arkless, acknowledged the support as a vital investment for the local area.
The European Investment Bank in Luxembourg from Forgemind Archimedia's photostream via flickr
The EIB will be providing £130 million (€152 million) towards the construction of the hospital.
The application to fund the hospital that will annually accommodate 30,000 inpatients and 100,000 outpatients was successful because the EIB recognised the social value that residents will gain from the project.
Alyn Smith MEP said:
“This is great news for the residents of Dumfries and Galloway and exactly the sort of benefits that can be accessed by working with the EU.
“The Scottish Government has provided a timely illustration of just one of the many benefits that EU membership brings to Scotland. This kind of co-operation is the sort of project that we should be pursuing to help the people of Scotland.
“This hospital will have a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of Scots and I look forward to seeing it completed.”
Aileen McLeod MSP said:
“It is very welcome news that the EIB decision is effectively the final piece in the jigsaw which will let this important investment in Dumfries & Galloway go ahead. I am confident that the new hospital will provide high-quality facilities for this region for many years to come.”
Richard Arkless SNP Westminster Candidate for Dumfries and Galloway:
“I'm delighted that the European Investment Bank is providing this very substantial investment to support the construction of a state-of-the-art new hospital to serve this region.
“It also demonstrates the SNP Scottish Government’s determination to make Scotland's capital funding stretch as far as it possibly can by seeking funding support from other sources such as the EIB. In the face of the swingeing cuts imposed by Westminster austerity this is a further demonstration of the SNP's commitment to investing in Scotland’s public services.
“We need a strong group of SNP MPs elected in May to help them do that job and make a stand against any further austerity cuts.”
You can listen to Alyn explaining the project here: