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Community Hospitals

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to build new community hospitals in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in the next five years. (243864)

[holding answer 15 December 2008]: Under the South Midlands Local Improvement Finance Trust project, Northamptonshire Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) is working up proposals for a new Corby community hospital, to replace the Willowbrook health complex. The PCT also has plans, at the early stage of development, for a new community hospital in Isebrook, Wellingborough. Specific dates have not been set, however it is in the financial plan within the next five years.

In the rest of England we have awarded up to £250 million capital from the community hospitals and services programme to 28 schemes. We are currently giving consideration to the Department's capital programme budgets and we will take into account additional schemes that might receive funding.