Whipps Cross hospital redevelopment
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.
In response a spokesperson for the Whipps Cross Redevelopment said:
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.”