Published: 15/08/2002, Volume III, No. 5818 Page 7

A£700m plan to modernise the NHS in Glasgow finally received the go-ahead this week following a three-year long acute services review.

Scottish health minister Malcolm Chisholm made the announcement on 12 August in an attempt to draw a line under the process, which has been beset by anger and bitter opposition.

Campaigners say plans, which include moves to cut the number of accident and emergency units from five to two, will leave the city's hospitals unable to cope.

The move will mean massive investment for redevelopment of Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Gartnavel General Hospital and a new development at Southern General Hospital. Ambulatory care centres will be developed at Victoria Infirmary and Stobhill General Hospital.

Mr Chisholm also announced that Audit Scotland would provide an independent overview each year to monitor implementation of the acute services review.

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