In 2019, I was elected on a manifesto that included a commitment to building 40 new hospitals across the country. This has been backed by an initial £3.7 billion from the Government over the first four years of the new hospital programme.
Residents will be aware of the long-standing campaign to ensure that the new Hillingdon Hospital is built. Last year, I was delighted to meet the team at Hillingdon Hospital who showed me the plans for the new hospital. At that meeting, I was reassured to learn that facilities would remain open during construction of the new hospital, lessening the impact for those receiving treatment at the hospital. Like many of my constituents, I was delighted to learn that planning permission has been granted by Hillingdon Council; plans are now being referred to the Mayor of London for final sign-off.
In today’s oral questions, I asked the Secretary of State for Health when residents can expect building work to commence. Having visited the site in the past, the Health Secretary is aware of the project’s importance to my residents and reassured me that an announcement is coming shortly.