Monday, 18 June 2012

Great Harwood health centre - DoH confirm building work may begin in November

I have followed up on previous correspondence on the new proposed Great Harwood health centre. See reply below.

The Department of Health confirms "that the current date for the commencement of building work is November" provided the Strategic Health Authority approved the build work.

That once it is passed, despite the PCT's abolition and funding loss and the transfer of east Lancashire's health centres to a new national quango PropCo (see previous correspondence and my HoC speeches) the commitment to complete will remain.

As acknowledged by the minister where he mentions a period of hiatus, there has been a stop-start time line with the scheme almost collapsing twice previously. As your MP I believe this is a high priority for the north of constituency and I have campaigned for this facility remorselessly.

My comments in the House in Commons on the issue: "I want to mention briefly my concern about Great Harwood health centre, because it has been transferred to PropCo. It was built under the LIFT initiative. On several occasions we have thought that it will happen and then that it will not happen. We are now at a stage where we think it will happen and £10 million has been set aside by the PCT. However, all that money is to subsumed into a Whitehall quango called PropCo, which will decide how it will be spent. I would appreciate a commitment from the Deputy Leader of the House on whether PropCo will carry through the decisions that have been agreed with local people and the PCT. "