I am pleased to announce that as a result of Shropshire MP's working together we have unlocked millions of pounds of funding towards improving acute healthcare in Shropshire and Telford, as part of the Hospitals Transformation Programme.
Funding for the next stage of the reconfiguration of acute care has been awaited, before engaging external professionals to help complete the Outline Business Case. Philip Dunne, Owen Paterson and myself have appealed to Health Ministers to cut through the bureaucracy and release the funding, which was confirmed yesterday (17 November 2020) in the House of Commons by Hospitals Minister Ed Argar MP.
Funding of £6.3 million has been secured for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH) in order that the Trust can engage architects, mechanical and electrical engineers and specialists in civil engineering, project management, transport and healthcare planning, to put in place final designs and planning proposals to enable applications to be made for final approval for the work to transform Shropshire’s acute hospitals.
Even though Shropshire's acute hospitals are currently very focused on tackling Covid-19 Pandemic, I an delighted that progress continues to be made on the delivery of the Future Fit programme.