Watts: Long-term solution needed for Whiston Hospital

CASH-strapped Whiston Hospital has been handed a £13 million bail-out from the Government to help it fulfil its commitments for the forthcoming financial year.

The news allays immediate fears Whiston may have to merge with Warrington Hospital as it struggled to meet the £42 million annual private finance initiative (PFI) repayments.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to mortgage payments following the PFI which ploughed £350 million into the construction of Whiston and St Helens Hospitals.

A hospital spokeswoman said: “We welcomed the Government announcement last year that it is one of seven Trusts which is eligible to receive financial support for its PFI commitments.

“The trust has received £13 million to meet the PFI payment for this financial year, and has had positive assurance that the Government will make this assistance recurrent in the future.”

MP Dave Watts said: “The immediate news is that it takes away the uncertainty for the next financial year, although it still doesn’t relieve the long-term problems of the trust.

“I still plan to have a meeting with the secretary of state (Jeremy Hunt) and look to resolve this issue so the hospital can get back to what they should be doing – providing the best medical treatment. For at least 12 months the trust was unsure what funding it was due to receive, but there is nothing new that can point to a change in the situation and relieve that uncertainty.”

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6:20pm Wed 13 Feb 13

pitbullboxing says...

So new Liebour get the hospital in a load of cow dung, building a massive new hospital to replace the old one - some parts of which were less than ten years old. Then the Tories have to bail them out. Joke. Bandwagon Dave here I come bandwagon Dave here I come.
So new Liebour get the hospital in a load of cow dung, building a massive new hospital to replace the old one - some parts of which were less than ten years old. Then the Tories have to bail them out. Joke. Bandwagon Dave here I come bandwagon Dave here I come. pitbullboxing
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6:27pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Sankey says...

I agree with dave watts here there has to be a long term solution we don't want whiston to merge with warrington that would be a disaster for both tens. Yes I know it was labours mismanagement of watts was a member but that's in the past we need to deal with the situation we have today. This is the sort of thing I expect dave watts as my local mp to be dealing with not spouting generally against the government which he sends most of his time doing
I agree with dave watts here there has to be a long term solution we don't want whiston to merge with warrington that would be a disaster for both tens. Yes I know it was labours mismanagement of watts was a member but that's in the past we need to deal with the situation we have today. This is the sort of thing I expect dave watts as my local mp to be dealing with not spouting generally against the government which he sends most of his time doing Sankey
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8:59pm Wed 13 Feb 13

mr jackman says...

i have to say too we dont want lies and warington hospital is a big disgrace to the N.H.S i can say i found out at whiston told me wot had gone wrong and the doctor mr j ball was good and helped me lots warrington hospital you r a big disgrace and i hope the hell you dont merge with st helens r whiston your hospital is barbaric sorry but had to have my say
i have to say too we dont want lies and warington hospital is a big disgrace to the N.H.S i can say i found out at whiston told me wot had gone wrong and the doctor mr j ball was good and helped me lots warrington hospital you r a big disgrace and i hope the hell you dont merge with st helens r whiston your hospital is barbaric sorry but had to have my say mr jackman
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