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Cromer Hospital

Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 10th March 2020.

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Photo of Duncan Baker Duncan Baker Conservative, North Norfolk

What steps his Department is taking to improve health facilities at Cromer Hospital.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

My hon. Friend is a strong advocate for Cromer hospital. It is relatively new, but the area’s 2015 cancer strategy projected a 200% increase in the need for cancer care over the next 10 years. So last year we saw the start of the £4.15 million proposal for a new cancer centre at Cromer, in partnership with Macmillan. However, I know he and his trust a more ambitious than that.

Photo of Duncan Baker Duncan Baker Conservative, North Norfolk

I thank the Minister for that answer. North Norfolk is one of the oldest constituencies by demographics. It is very rural and a very long way from the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. What I am looking for is an enhanced urgent treatment centre with mental health facilities. That would really help my constituency and, not only that, it would take pressure off the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. Will the Minister support my campaign for more improvements there please?

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

My hon. Friend is right to highlight that his constituency has the highest average age in this country. As an assiduous reader of the Eastern Daily Press I recently saw the story outlining the trust’s plans for a UTC. I look forward to seeing those proposals develop further. The key to delivering them, or their making progress, will be partnership. I look forward to the hospital trust, my hon. Friend and the CCG working in partnership to deliver an outcome.