Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North

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AUSTIN CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO FUND NEW BUILDINGS FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has called on the government to fund new buildings for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The world-beating hospital cares for the most seriously ill children in the Black Country and across the West Midlands.

It is renowned worldwide for the quality of its care and research, but provides it in buildings that are 155 years old and there is currently no prospect of it being rebuilt for at least 15 years.

Austin spoke up in the debate on the government’s plans to build 30 new hospitals. He urged health minister Edward Argar to look at the case for rebuilding the children’s hospital and invited him to visit Birmingham, meet the chief executive Sarah-Jane Marsh and see the facilities at first hand.

The exchange in Parliament can be seen here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-09-30/debates/1C875DDA-DEEA-4FD8-A7F7-76009C5200D5/HealthInfrastructurePlan

Ian Austin said:

“The Children’s Hospital provides brilliant life-saving care for the most seriously ill children from Dudley and across the West Midlands, but does so in buildings that are 155 years old.

“The brilliant Chief Executive, Sarah-Jane Marsh and her fantastic team are providing 21st century care in 19th century buildings and I want the Minister to visit the hospital and do everything he can to ensure it gets rebuilt more quickly.”

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