MPs step up campaign to secure £178million for Milton Keynes Hospital

Iain Stewart MP, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt and Mark Lancaster MP.
Iain Stewart MP, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt and Mark Lancaster MP.

City MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster have stepped up their campaign to secure a £178million expansion of Milton Keynes Hospital by declaring their support to Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

Last week the Citizen announced that hospital chiefs submitted a bid for a significant expansion that will secure the hospital’s future for the next 20 years.

Since then, Mr Stewart and Mr Lancaster have written a letter to Mr Hunt, which said: “Over the last couple of years, the new senior management have made clear improvements to patient care and general perception of the hospital.”

They go on to state the need for the investment adding: “In order to make Milton Keynes Hospital sustainable and continue the improvements, it is in need of a strategic long-term expansion.”

The hospital bid would see a £40million new ‘common front door’ bringing the current Urgent Care Centre and the A&E together, plus a £100million ward block and a new car park.

As reported last week, the MPs are confident of success pending the health review, in the letter they write: “We are confident this bid is both realistic and deliverable.

“Pending the result of the Health Review, which has been delayed on numerous occasions, we would be grateful for clarification on a timeline for confirmation of this funding.”

Milton Keynes Citizen launched the A&E campaign two years ago and together with the backing of the MPs secured a £2.9million upgrade last year.