New Hospital (Maldon)

Health written question – answered on 11th July 2005.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Shadow Paymaster General

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a site has been identified for the construction of the new hospital in Maldon, Essex; and what the latest date is on which she expects the hospital to open.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Department of Health

holding answer 6 July 2005

A potential site has been identified, but technical legal issues are delaying the purchase and at present it is not possible to say when it will be completed. A wide range of factors can affect the speed of progress of a new hospital build, but experience from other similarly sized schemes indicated that it will take about 48 months to complete the hospital from when the initial approval in principle to proceed is given. In this case, initial approval cannot be given until the site is in the ownership of the national health service.

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