Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier says he will believe promises over Harborough’s long-awaited new hospital only when he sees its ribbon cut.
NHS England’s senior executive David Sharp
said last week that work on the much delayed £4m project will begin in September next year, with the hospital expected to open in January 2016.
But Sir Edward said this week: “I have no doubt that this latest group of people working for the NHS will do their best to ensure that the new hospital in Market Harborough starts its construction next September but I hope they will not accuse me of undue cynicism when I say I will believe it only when I see the construction team on site and the ribbon cut when it’s finished.
“My constituents and I have been holding our breath for well over a decade, have seen vast sums of taxpayers’ money spent on its not being built, and have read any number of promises from the various bureaucratic manifestations of the NHS over this time but have yet to see anything actually happen.
“I had this with the day centre too, although it was eventually opened - although it has not been a smooth and seamless journey since. This whole St Luke’s farrago is an object lesson in how not to spend public money but who knows, perhaps this time something might actually happen. The staff, patients and my constituents have shown the patience of Job so I sincerely hope this time it will be different. When it’s finished I will be the first to cheer.”
Mr Sharp told the Mail last week: “The delivery of safe, high quality patient-centred care is our main priority at NHS England.
“Coupled with this, the NHS is facing its toughest financial challenge yet over the next few years. Here at the area team, we are reviewing services across the whole health community to identify the best ways to meet this challenge without compromising on patient care.
“The proposed development at Harborough is one of many examples where NHS England are working to bring patient care closer to the communities we serve, whilst addressing the existing pressures across our services. Investments for hospitals such as Harborough will allow us to make changes elsewhere in the system, while delivering a service which meets the needs of the people of Harborough.”