Trust response to New Hospital Programme announcementIn response to the Government's New Hospital Programme announcement today, Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said:
“Today's announcement on the New Hospital Programme does not reflect our understanding of next steps on the urgently needed redevelopment of our hospitals.
"We are continuing to explore, with the support of the New Hospital Programme, a range of practical funding and design options to ensure a full re-build of St Mary's Hospital - and a start on the major refurbishment and expansion schemes at Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals - by 2030.
"If we waited until 2030 to start building works at St Mary's, it would become impossible to continue to patch up our oldest facilities, many of which house key clinical services. As the provider of London’s busiest major trauma centre and host of the NHS’s largest biomedical research centre, that would be hugely damaging for the health and healthcare of hundreds of thousands of people."