Government backs new £353m hospital in Smethwick

The Government has backed plans for a new £353 million hospital in the West Midlands. The Midland Metropolitan Hospital has been given the go-ahead by Chanceller of the Exchequer George Osborne this morning.

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A computer generated pictures of what an interior space at the hospital could look like Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
The £353m hospital received backing from the Chancellor of the Exchequer this morning Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Building work on the site in Smethwick could start as soon as 2016, and be finished sometime in 2018 or 2019 Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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New hospital 'vote of confidence in 7,500 staff'

Speaking after the Chancellor of the Exchequer this morning backed plans for a new £353 hospital in Smethwick, Richard Samuda, Chairman of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals commented:

“This is a vote of confidence in 7,500 staff at the Trust. The Chancellor’s announcement at Rowley Regis Hospital reinforces our strategy of local care for long term conditions and a single specialist acute centre at the Midland Met.”

Chief Executive, Toby Lewis added:

“This is a decisive moment for healthcare in the West Midlands. We welcome the determination of the Chancellor to support the regeneration of Smethwick with this vital project for patients.”

Government backs new £353m hospital in Smethwick

What the new £353 million hospital in Smethwick could look like Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

The Government has backed plans for a new £353 million hospital in the West Midlands.

The Midland Metropolitan Hospital has been given the go-ahead by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this morning.

The new acute hospital will be funded by both the public and private sector through a Private Finance 2 deal.

George Osborne said:

This ambitious package will ensure that patients across the West Midlands continue to benefit from access to world-class acute treatment and cutting edge facilities.

It is because of the difficult decisions we have taken as a government that we have been able to protect healthcare spending, and announce new facilities like the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.”

Construction of the new hospital is expected to start in 2016 and be completed by 2018-19, with plans to be finalised over the coming months.

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