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PAH boss: “Our business case has not yet been approved”

Health / Mon 4th Jul 2022 pm31 05:17pm

AS we reported on Sunday, the Conservatives’ pledge to build 40 new hospitals by 2030 is facing a review by the government’s spending watchdog. 

The National Audit Office says it “plans to start a value for money review of the New Hospitals Programme later this year” and report its findings in 2023. 

The pledge was in the 2019 Conservative election manifesto and has been repeated many times by Boris Johnson.

The BBC asked the Chief Executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Lance McCarthy for an update on how plans for a new hospital were

Lance McCarthy, said: “Our current plans are for a new hospital on a new site. However, our business case has not yet been approved.
“We are unable to confirm which category we fall into until we have received final approval.”

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What is a new hospital?

When, the pledge was first made – many would have assumed that it referred to brand new hospitals, adding to overall hospital capacity.

But in August 2021, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) sent out guidance to NHS trusts on “key media lines” to use when responding to questions about the pledge.

It defined a “new” hospital in three ways:

A whole new hospital on a new site or current NHS land.

A major new clinical building on an existing site or a new wing of an existing hospital

A major refurbishment and alteration of all but the building frame or main structure

To be continued

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3 Comments for PAH boss: “Our business case has not yet been approved”:

Neil Warner-Baker
2022-07-04 21:01:02

I really get frustrated when I see these stories about building a "New Hospital" as if its a fabulous result.... when in reality it's more about selling the prime Real Estate...which is the town centre (oh just wait and see..the Fire station and bus depot will be next) to speculative property developers....Speculative developers that wouldn't stand a chance of building on Green belt or Farm land... But play this "hip jerk game" that we NEED a new Harlow hospital, that won't even be within our borders or the central hub that is The High. The more cynical amongst us could even suggest that the recent low rise extentions that have removed much of the Hospitals car park and selling off The Square and YWCA sites which were Hospital assets....was adeliberately done..... And all for what? To knock down a functional hospital that's in the correct location, to build another in the wrong location at a massive cost to the tax payer....and with no extra beds..

Mr Tarzen Gregory Williams
2022-07-05 08:48:13

🙂 🇬🇧 💁‍♂️ While Looking at existing New Spectacular Hospital's on You Tube in The United States of America 🇺🇸 😀 i can only think why can't we have them in The U.K. & especially in Harlow ! 🐼 🐰 🧸💕 🛌 💤💤💤👨‍⚕️🏥 🚑

Mr R smith
2022-07-09 00:09:01

I'VE LIVED IN HARLOW FOR 50 PLUS YEARS HARLOW HOSPITAL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. PEOPLE ON TROLLEYS IN THE HALL WAY DOCTORS HAVEN'T A CLUE A AND E A NIGHTMARE THEY JUST DON'T CARE BRING BACK THE 1960S HOSPITALS THEY CARED

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