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Funding pledged for super hospital in Birmingham

The pictures of the proposed new hospital look great in the eyes of staff at Car Hire Birmingham Airport.

It has been announced by Chancellor George Osbourne that funding will be provided for a new £353 million ‘super hospital’ in Birmingham and the Black Country. It will replace emergency services at the City and Sandwell hospitals and will be based in Grove Lane, Smethwick, costing the taxpayer about £100 million.

Mr Osborne said “This ambitious package will ensure that patients across the West Midlands continue to benefit from access to world-class acute treatment and cutting edge facilities. It is because of the difficult decisions we have taken as a government that we have been able to protect healthcare spending, and announce new facilities like the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.”

This new hospital has been in the pipeline for a decade but has had delays due to a shake-up of the controversial private finance initiative. The aim is to have its doors open to patients in 2018/19, with building work beginning in 2016.

The Trust’s chairman, Richard Samuda said “We are delighted to have received approval from the Secretary of State to proceed with the new hospital in Smethwick. This reflects support for the business case from both the Department of Health and HM Treasury. It is a huge vote of confidence in the Trust’s long standing plan to transfer acute care onto a single site and to move care closer to home. It’s also a very exciting decision for staff and local people as it signals another important initiative in the ongoing regeneration of Sandwell.”