At Prime Minister’s Questions today, Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Prime Minister Theresa May “get a grip” and ensure construction restarts on the 2/3 completed Midland Metropolitan Hospital.
Spellar attacked the Government’s “endless dithering” – noting that most recently he had raised the halt of construction at the Hospital site with the Prime Minister six weeks ago at Prime Minister’s Questions on 28 February, following the collapse of Carillion.
Spellar added: “I have to ask the PM to get a grip of her ministers and officials and get a decision, get a deal and get this hospital built! Will she do that?”
Notes to Editors
Video of the exchange: https://www.facebook.com/johnspellar/videos/2054188021290558/
Full transcript of the exchange:
John Spellar: Thank you Mr Speaker. Three months ago following the Carillion collapse, building work stopped on the 2/3 finished Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick. On 28 February I raised this with the Prime Minister and she assured me that: "the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Improvement are working with the trust and the Private Finance Initiative company so that work can recommence as soon as possible.” Six weeks later, after endless dithering from those bodies, I have to ask the PM to get a grip of her ministers and officials and get a decision, get a deal and get this hospital built! Will she do that?
Prime Minister: I'm aware that he raised this issue with me before. He may know that the contract between the Trust and the PFI company is still in place. So the PFI company is contractually obliged to manage the project and find another subcontractor who can continue to deliver the building work and the services. As the Rt. Hon. Gentleman may know, even before the issue arose with Carillion, there were some delays taking place to this particular project. The Department for Health and Social Care is working actively on it, but my Rt. Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is doing so and he's also been in discussions with the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street who has also been in discussion with the Trust. We recognise the level of concern that is being raised on this issue and we are working to resolve it.