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It's back on! Work on Midlands Metro Hospital set to resume

Construction of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital is set to resume Credit: ITV News Central

Work on the Midlands Metropolitan Hospital will resume after a deal was reached between the Government and the local NHS Trust.

Construction on the £350 million pound hospital in Smethwick was halted following Carillion's collapse in January.

It's hoped the hospital will now be completed by 2022.

Toby Lewis, the Chief Executive for Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust said it was great news for patients.

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The Trust had been searching for a private investment option but earlier this month said they would ask the government to step in and fully fund the rest of its construction.

But Health Minister, Stephen Barclay says taxpayers' money will be spent in 'the best possible way'.

We are not only giving patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham world-class NHS facilities on their doorstep, but also showing our determination to build an NHS fit for the future – all whilst making sure taxpayers’ money is spent in the best possible way.

– Stephen Barclay, Health Minister

It's not yet known which contractor will be used to complete the rest of the work on the hospital.