HC Deb 19 March 2001 vol 365 cc102-3W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the capital projects and their value at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital which have been authorised since 1 May 1997; and if he will make a statement. [154487]

Yvette Cooper

Information on all locally managed capital projects is not collected centrally. The trust receives an annual block capital allocation for this purpose. Major capital projects are approved by the

Department through the regional capital programme. Since 1997, the following capital projects for the Royal Shrewsbury hospital have been approved:

Linear Accelerator (2001ߝ02)1 1,576,000
Medical Assessment Unit (1999–2000)2 1,1000,000
1Funded by the new opportunities funding initiative, regional office capital programme, Lingen Davies Cancer Relief and the Royal Shrewsbury trusts.
2Funded by the national accident and emergency modernisation initiative. This will enable the establishment of a medical assessment unit at both the Royal Shrewsbury hospital and the Princess Royal hospital, Telford.

Additionally, a strategic outline case to vacate the Copthorne South site at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital was approved by the west midlands regional office of the national health service executive in December 2000. The regional office has allocated £8 million of capital moneys in recognition of the priority to fund the reprovision of the ward accommodation on Copthorne South and for the development of education facilities. This now sets the framework for the health economy to develop detailed plans as part of the outline business case requirements.