Wills calls for new Gilbert Bain Hospital

SNP candidate Tom Wills has said he will urge the Scottish government to build a new Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick, if he is elected in May.

Mr Wills said his party had set out an ambitious NHS recovery plan, but said he wanted the aging Lerwick hospital to be replaced.

“Having been born in the Gilbert Bain I have a fondness for it, but it’s an old building and as we integrate health and social care and modernise the NHS, it’s clear that a replacement is now needed.

“If elected as Shetland’s MSP, I will continue to make that case very strongly.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to deliver a speech later today urging voters that the SNP is the only party with a serious recovery plan post-Covid.


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  • John M Scott

    • April 7th, 2021 12:45

    I’d love to know where the money to rebuild the hospital is to come from. Once the SNP have bullied their way to Scottish independence, there is the £14 billion plus national deficit to sort out, coupled together with the loss of the £10 billion annual subsidy from the United Kingdom government, currently underwritten by the hard working tax payers of England.

    • Charles L. Gallagher

      • April 7th, 2021 13:28

      John, you know damn fine where the money will come from. Do you want a list? HS2, Trident, 2 large useless lumps of steel that are still waiting for their air wing, oh how about the £37billion wasted on contracts to Tory pals for a ‘Track-and-Trace’ system that has never worked, shall I go on with all the other non tendered for contracts given to Tory cronies for PPE that have ended-up in land-fill, no I don’t suppose that you do. Or do you really want me to start on the cost of Brexit to our fishermen and farmers?

      • John M Scott

        • April 8th, 2021 6:49

        HS2? Which part of Shetland does that apply to? Oh you must mean the proposed new line between Lerwick and Scalloway!! The Trident system and the two useless lumps of steel, paid for by the UK taxpayer, both of which have given gainful employment to thousands of Scottish workers. The cost of Brexit. You must be referring to the decision to leave the failed political experiment called the European Union which, due to the one size fits all policy, is still having to bail out several bankrupt economies in Greece, Italy and Spain; the modern equivalent of the Darien Scheme….shall I go on?

        I would rather concentrate on the massive expenditure by a settled economy during the current pandemic, which has managed to cover the cost of the most generous furlough scheme seen in recent history.

      • peter smith

        • April 13th, 2021 21:04

        Interesting that you don’t mention Prestwick Airport, Ferguson Shipyard, BiFab. All “projects” of the SNP that have taken millions directly from Scottish monies. The answer to the question posed by Mr Scott is unfortunately simple, Scottish citizens, already the most heavily taxed, will pay. We will pay even more direct and indirect taxes for fewer/poorer services.

  • Ian Tinkler

    • April 8th, 2021 8:20

    O dear me, Charles plays with the truth again, how very SNP.
    Just a few small point HMS Queen Elizabeth has its wings!
    Russia is concentrating troops on the Ukrainian border again as well as still occupying Crimea. I wonder if that would have happened if Ukraine had not unilaterally disarmed its nuclear forces? We may need Trident.
    As for the EU, it is their weaponised red tape harming our Fishermen and Farmers, nothing else. Protectionism Trump would be proud of.
    As for track and trace and vaccines, the facts rather speak for themselves. Have you had your Covid shots yet Charlie, if not try a trip to Paris, witness the Valhalla of the EU so beloved by the SNP, Tom Wills and yourself.
    Regarding election bribes and SNP freebies, nothing changes. Free and cheap seems to be the SNP MO. Such a shame, poor education at all levels, drug deaths, suicides and alcoholism! All at the worst rates in Europe for the Scots under SNP leadership. That list goes on and on but we do have your personnel friend Salmond. Are we not the lucky ones!


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