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*Update, a brief outline of the concept has been published by Leighton which you can download below*
Last week the Prime Minister confirmed for the first time the names of the 40 hospitals that will be included as part of the hospital building programme announced during last year’s election campaign. The new hospitals will be built by 2030 backed by £3.7 billion as part of the biggest hospital building programme for a generation.
But in a surprise announcement, the government announced that a further eight sites would be chosen to extend the programme even further. Ahead of this announcement I have been making the case for major new investment in the Leighton Hospital site and I am now launching a campaign to have Leighton selected as one of the 8 final sites.
Sign the petition and back the campaign!
Leighton Hospital was built in the 1970’s and was never planned to still be in use today. It has benefited from a number of big investments in new theatres and other facilities. £15 million will be put into A&E this year and next year. But the reality is, add on blocks and new facilities can only take you so far. Leighton needs a fundamental rebuild and this funding opportunity is a unique one we need to grab with both hands. It will also be a chance to grow the hospital to meet the population increase we have seen locally over recent years.
As well as asking you to sign a petition to back the campaign, I am asking people to share their positive stories of theirs and their family members treatment at Leighton. The stories will be published over the coming weeks to build support for the campaign.
We had an enormous response from everyone as part of our campaign to get Leighton funding for it’s A&E, with thousands signing the petition. Now we need peoples help again to get behind Leighton. But I think what will really bring to life how important our local hospital is to this community is hearing the real life stories of where the staff and facilities there have come through for you at a time when you really needed them.
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