Kettering MP quizzes minister on £30 million hospital project

Andy Sawford, Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone outside Whitehall last year
Andy Sawford, Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone outside Whitehall last year

Kettering’s MP quizzed a Government health minister on progress being made to create a £30 million extension to Kettering General Hospital.

Philip Hollobone secured the debate in Parliament on Tuesday and was referring to plans revealed last year to create an urgent care hub at the hospital site which will mean a number of different services will be combined on the same site.

These include secondary care, accident and emergency, GP services, minor injury care and social and community care services.

Mr Hollobone was joined in the debate by Wellingborough MP Peter Bone and Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Andy Sawford.

The three MPs put aside party differences two years ago to campaign for key services to remain at Kettering General Hospital.

Mr Hollobone said: “The three of us have been to see the Minister with the hospital and the CCGs, so the Minister knows that we are all as one in believing that the urgent care hub concept is the right one for the health economy in north Northamptonshire.

“It mirrors the way in which NHS England would like to see pioneering health care delivered in the future.”

Daniel Poulter, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, said the principle of the hub was one which the NHS supported.

He added: “The hub’s location is, I am told, still being finalised, but options include clearing and redeveloping existing areas of the hospital or developing a new build on the site.

“The local NHS envisages that a capital investment of approximately £30 million, as my honourable friend outlined, will be required. However, that figure will be subject to further detailed assessment as part of the business planning process.

“I hope the plans will be successful at making the improvements that patients in my honourable friend’s constituency and the area surrounding Kettering want.

“The improvements envisaged are significant and would ensure that the local area had a resilient and high-quality health care system to deliver the highest-quality patient care. I again thank my honourable friend the Member for Kettering for securing the debate.”