I am delighted to say that plans to invest more than £500 million in building a brand new specialist emergency care hospital in Sutton and modernise Epsom and St Helier hospitals are another step closer this week, following a review of the decision by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock. The IRP recommended that the NHS proceed to implement its plans and the Secretary of State accepted their recommendation.
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Included in this letter, the Chair of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel said "change is essential and requires significant new capital investment to provide appropriate buildings".
In responding to the independent advice, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: "This new hospital will be transformational for patients and staff at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust and the wider community.
"I look forward to seeing the hospital take shape over the coming months and years, and hope that the public will be as involved as possible in shaping the new services.
"This new hospital is one of 40 we are building up and down the country by 2030, as part of our £3.7 billion hospital building programme."
As you would expect, we welcome the advice from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, and are delighted that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has agreed that we should proceed with investing £500 million in a new hospital at Sutton, and in Epsom and St Helier hospitals.
We are now moving forward at full speed to design the new hospitals and will soon be engaging with our local communities on the new hospital facilities. If things go to plan then builders should be on site in Sutton on Spring 2022 with the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital opening in 2025.
As our local partners, patients and staff will know, over the course of the past five years, we have set out the reasons why we need to change and why this investment is so badly needed. It is obvious to everyone who works in our buildings and the patients we see that our buildings aren't fit for 21st century healthcare. We remain committed to the timeline we have set out to have the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital opened in 2025.