Health secretary in talks about expanding Northampton General Hospital

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt enters into talks with David Mackintosh and Michael Ellis about expanding Northampton General Hospital.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt enters into talks with David Mackintosh and Michael Ellis about expanding Northampton General Hospital.

Talks about an “extra investment” for Northampton General Hospital (NGH) have been opened between the town’s MPs and Health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Michael Ellis and David Mackintosh say discussions were held with the Tory frontbencher this morning about funding a potential expansion of the town’s outdated medical facilities.

Following the meeting Northampton South MP Mr Mackintosh said: “It was a first chance for us to sit down with him and talk about what we believe would be required for our hospital.

“We want to see investment so the next stage for us, now we have started the talks, is to sit down with he senior doctors at the hospital and work out what they see is most needed.”

In January NGH bosses outlined plans to expand the facility with new wards for children and babies, an eye surgery hub and an expanded critical care wing.

But in May Jeremy Hunt refused to be drawn on whether he would open talks about funding new facilities at Northampton General Hospital.

Northampton North MP Mr Ellis said the talks with Mr Hunt today represented a positive step.

“Investment in the General Hospital is an important issue for residents across the whole town, and one we all feel passionate about,” he said.

“The growing local population and increased pressure on health resources means that it is more important than ever that we work with our colleagues in Government to get the right deal for our hospital.”