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No change in stance on £350m hospital funding threshold

Herts Valleys have issued the following press statement.  

Herts Valleys spokesperson commented, "Our conversations with regulators (NHS Improvement and NHS England) about our imminent bid leave us in no doubt that this should be in line with the turnover of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, around £350m.

“We are aware that campaigners have interpreted part of a response from regulators to a Freedom of Information request, as a sign that they have moved away from their firm stance on our funding threshold. This is not the case and NHS England’s letter does not signal any change at all; it is important that people don’t think it opens the door to a proposal for a new emergency and planned care hospital on a new site.

“Our costings, which have been developed following guidance set by HM Treasury and using modern NHS space standards – show that this option is around twice the trust’s turnover. Submitting such a proposal would be met with a request to think again and would add significant delay.

“Campaigners have suggested other hospitals have been or can be built for less than the sum we have suggested for a new emergency and planned care hospital in west Herts. A thorough investigation would show that these other hospitals differ in type, location, funding source and date of completion ; all aspects that impact greatly on cost.

“Our position remains the same; we are closer than we have ever been to securing funding and the need for investment is urgent. We will continue to work on a compelling and realistic bid and we intend to submit this for consideration as part of government’s comprehensive spending review this year.

“The ‘Herts Valleys Hospitals Group’ have asked to meet with us  to discuss their recent letter and we  will be in touch with them to arrange a date in the coming weeks. At the same time we carry on as planned in order to stake our claim for much-needed and long overdue investment from central government."

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