A “vote of confidence” in the hospital’s future was given by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who officially unveiled its new name today.
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as it will now be known, was renamed to reflect its status as a teaching hospital.
During his visit, the Secretary of State was shown around the hospital by its chief executive Joe Harrison, who showcased the latest investment in the A&E, its new medical school and cancer care centre.
Mr Hunt also found time to praise the Citizen and its two-year campaign for a new city A&E.
He said: “The Citizen is my favourite local newspapers of all local newspapers I have come across on my travels. They have done a fantastic job of campaigning for the hospital.
“Having heard a lot about it from Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart, I wanted to see it for myself, and I have been really impressed with what I have seen. I really think this hospital is going places. I absolutely think it has the potential to be a world-class teaching centre.”
“The hospital has made huge investment and huge strides forward in the last few months.”Iain Stewart, parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South
Despite the building works already taking place, Iain Stewart, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South, hinted at further expansion plans in the future.
He said: “The hospital has made huge investment and huge strides forward in the last few months. We have just been looking at plans to develop the whole site to make sure we are fit for purpose for the needs of an expanding population. For Jeremy Hunt to formally open it is very significant and a vote of confidence in the future of the hospital.
“I think we have a very bright future here.”
The hospital is expected to win a £178million bid later this year, which is thought to help secure its future for the next 20 years.
Mr Hunt added: “Both Iain and Mark have made a very powerful case for it in the House of Commons. They have done everything they can to support that case.
“We have put more money into the hospital and more money into local GP surgeries through the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund so they can open in the evenings and weekends. I am very hopeful this hospital has a great future.”