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Date set for hospital building work to start

BUILDING work will finally start at West Cumberland Hospital on July 2.

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work: At the hospital

This date is subject to the plans getting formal approval from the Department of Health and Treasury, meaning public funding can be released.

The £90m project will see the Whitehaven hospital rebuilt and refurbished on its current site. Planning permission has already been secured and the majority of demolition work has been carried out.

However building work cannot start until funding is approved, which will not happen until the scheme has the backing of local, regional and national health bosses.

The 220-bed hospital has now been given the green light by NHS Cumbria and NHS North of England.

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is now waiting on the Government to ratify the plans and release the funding.

Finance director Alistair Mulvey told Tuesday’s board meeting that he had met with the Department of Health on March 22 for informal discussions about the scheme.

Although the finer details were not discussed, he is now confident the money will come through in time to start building work on site on July 2. He added that the funding would be released in phases as the works progress.

The board meeting also heard that efforts to appoint a new project director for the West Cumberland Hospital development is under way. This follows the resignation of David Hounslea, who left earlier this year.

Bosses expect to start advertising for his replacement by the end of the month.

Have your say

Rumour has it htat it will be September at the earliest. No one in the project office here at WCH is denying it either.

Posted by WCH staff on 1 May 2012 at 14:20

I'll believe it when I see it.

Posted by Big Baz on 23 April 2012 at 15:07

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