The government has clarified that refurbishment and rebuilding works at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals have been pushed back and are now expected to complete after 2030, with timelines “fluid”.
Speaking about the New Hospital Programme, Health Minister Will Quince MP stated: “Although we anticipate most schemes will be in construction by 2030, up to eight schemes are now expected to complete beyond this date.”
The eight delayed schemes included Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals, the minister said.
In a House of Commons debate, on 13 June 2023, Mr Quince added: “The timelines are at an early stage. As a result, they are fluid.”
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which operates the hospitals, has said: "It is clearly very disappointing that we will not now be funded to complete these schemes before 2030".
In a recent briefing to MPs, Imperial stated: “The government's recent announcement on the New Hospital Programme included the news that the main funding for our schemes has been pushed back beyond the original commitment of 2030 as other schemes have been added to the programme and prioritised.
“We had two schemes in the original list of 40 hospitals to be built by 2030: a complete rebuild of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington; and extensive refurbishment and some new build at both Charing Cross Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital.
“It is clearly very disappointing that we will not now be funded to complete these schemes before 2030 but the full picture is more complex and we are continuing to work to achieve the majority of our redevelopment, especially at St Mary's, as near to the original timescale as possible.”
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