Tell the Tories to keep their promises on Charing Cross
The Conservative Government has broken its pledge to rebuild Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals by 2030, abandoning a major election promise to residents in west London.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which operates the three hospitals, says this will be ”hugely damaging for the health and healthcare of hundreds of thousands of people”.
The works on the three sites, which have the biggest maintenance backlog of any hospitals in England, were supposed to complete by 2030 at an estimated cost of £4 billion. The Imperial hospitals have been dropped from the 2030 programme. There is now no committed funding or a date by which the works will be done.
For seven years, between 2012 and 2019, Charing Cross Hospital was under threat of demolition. The whole community came together to fight these plans – and won. We had hoped that the hospitals were now saved and would get the considerable investment they needed. But now they are under threat yet again.
I have challenged the Government on what is happening, but in response Ministers have misled the House of Commons, or refused to answer questions about the restoration of funding. To finally get some answers I had to force a debate in Parliament, which you can read here.
A full explanation is set out in my latest newsletter to constituents.
We urge the government to honour its promise and undertake desperately needed building works by 2030 at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals.