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Whitby's MP 'Hopeful' Hospital Redevelopment Will Go Ahead

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 11:30am 8th February 2018.

The MP for Scarborough and Whitby has spoken to the Health Secretary about the redevelopment of Whitby Hospital. 

Last month, we told you that the work had been pushed back for a second time. This is because NHS Property Service has not yet got an agreed capital budget so the plans are on hold. 

Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, which runs the hospital, also hit some 'unexpected delays' due to market rents and the application of VAT in November. 

Robert Goodwill said:

"As people know, we've got some exciting plans in place for the remodelling of the Whitby Hospital site, which will mean that building is much more fit for purpose.

At the moment, it's twice as big as we need in Whitby and that means tremendous cost in terms of heating and other costs.

I'm very hopeful that plans to remodel Whitby Hospital are still going to go ahead.

We just need to get the sign off for the money to do that. I touched base with Jeremy Hunt and mentioned that I was concerned that this project should go ahead and that will secure the future of Whitby Hospital, in Whitby, for many years to come."

Yesterday (Wednesday 7 February), it was announced that the CCG was forecasting a £4 million deficit for the end of March. 

Whilst the provider conceded that it would have to review some services due to the overspending, the Whitby Hospital redevelopment would not be affected for a third time. 

Chief Officer Janet Probert said:

"The development at Whitby Hospital actually helps our financial position because at the moment we're paying for parts of the hospital site which aren't seeing patients but we still pay rent on those areas.

We still have to maintain those areas to make sure they're safe. So actually, the redevelopment proposes us using the site much better."

 

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