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At last! Building schedule for town's new hospital confirmed

November 21, 2013 10:37 PM

NHS England senior executive David Sharp has outlined the projected dates for Market Harborough's new hospital.

Speaking as a guest at a Harborough District Council panel meeting on this evening, he confirmed that the doors of the unit should be opened in January 2016 with the first spade having been put in the ground to signify the start of construction in September 2014.

Lib Dem Cllr Phil Knowles, who has been at the forefront of the community's hospital campaign for over 25 years, addressed the meeting and thanked David Sharp for his indication of a definite date when the long-awaited, much-delayed, unit will finally be open to serve the community.

Cllr Knowles said: "Mr Sharp is fully aware of the many disappointments and broken promises over so many years. The people of Harborough deserve better, so I am sure that he will have checked every detail of the plan unveiled at the meeting. There is no doubt that the latest delay is disappointing, but finally we do now seem to have the basis of a firm commitment to build and of a willingness to keep the community and council informed .

"Mr Sharp is intending to accept invitations to come to meetings in Harborough on a regular basis and update us as the scheme progresses. For my part I will do what I have done for so long: I will keep pushing and campaigning until the community has the facility that residents need.

"The new Harborough hospital is an investment in healthcare for the 21st century. It will make a positive contribution not only to Market Harborough but to wider service provision, as it offers the opportunity to carry out more procedures in the town so people do not have to travel to Leicester or Kettering."