Whipps Cross hospital redevelopment

January 30, 2023

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy recently asked the government for an update on the national level decision-making process for the scheme-specific business case for the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital. 

Health Minister Will Quince responded, stating that “decisions on specific business cases for schemes which are expected to be funded after 2025 are dependent on the approval of the programme wide business case.”

In response a spokesperson for the Whipps Cross Redevelopment said:

“Given the pace of progress that we continue to experience in relation to the national New Hospital Programme, earlier this month we said that we could see no way in which construction of the new hospital could begin before 2025 at the earliest.

“The delays and ongoing uncertainty are disappointing. However, we continue to work closely with national colleagues to secure decisions as quickly as possible, so that we can get on and deliver a new state-of-the-art hospital that staff and the people of north east London deserve.”

Cllr Grace Williams, the Leader of Waltham Forest Council said “I am so disappointed that Government has now admitted it will not fund the new Whipps Cross Hospital until at least 2025

“It was only in August 2022 that the Health Secretary, Steve Barclay MP, committed to releasing £28m for the next stage of the hospital development. The government admits this will now not happen until 2025 at the earliest. This week, I have written to Steve Barclay to ask for transparency on this vital issue, asking when the hospital will be providing the essential care that residents need.

“Every year large amounts of our taxpayers’ money is used to pay for maintenance of the hospital when it could instead be put towards life-saving care. The delay also impacts the quality of care that staff can dedicate to patients due to the decaying state of the buildings.

“The Conservatives have promised to build 40 new hospitals time and time again. During the election campaign in 2019 former Prime Minister Johnson visited Whipps Cross and committed to the hospital. Years later, despite promises by ministers, our new hospital has been consistently delayed with no prospect of delivery in sight.

“In July 2021, Whipps Cross Hospital suffered serious flooding that led to the cancellation of urgent surgeries and the evacuation in pitch dark of some of its most vulnerable patients.

“The need for a new hospital is undeniable. We call on the Government to come clean and be honest – Waltham Forest residents deserve nothing less.”

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