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:
Chief Executive, Toby Lewis added:
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.