Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier called on Government health minister Jeremy Hunt to seek answers over the latest delay to Harborough’s long-promised new hospital building.
Harborough residents were promised a new £4m hospital at the St Luke’s site in Leicester Road back in January but work has still yet to start.
It now appears that it could be well into 2014 before building work starts due to NHS red-tape – a year later than expected.
Sir Edward has written to the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt about the matter.
His letter states: “To say that it has caused local concern would be an understatement given that this project has been costing money and achieving little for well over a decade...This is just the latest example of the farce that describes this project.”
Sir Edward said he has asked Mr Hunt to look into the matter and “urge whoever is supposed to make things happen on time and within budget to explain to you, and thus to my constituents, why this continuing farce is not being gripped and dealt with?”
Sir Edward said this week: “For far too long this benighted hospital project has been taking one step forward and two steps back. It’s not fair on my taxpaying constituents nor on the staff who work there trying to do their best for local patients. For how much longer do we all have to put up with this chaos?”