Future of new community hospital still uncertain

THE future of a new community hospital planned for Grays is still uncertain.

NHS South West Essex announced at the end of 2010 it was undecided whether to build a new hospital in Hogg Lane, Grays, in the wake of £52million of cuts.

In May last year, the Thurrock Gazette reported that bosses were still in talks.

Margaret Hathaway, NHS South Essex’s commercial director, said if anything does go ahead, it will be on a smaller scale than originally proposed. She said: “Proposals for a development in Grays are still being considered.

“Recent funding constraints and structural change within the NHS mean that should the development go forward, the scale is likely to be smaller – no new timetable has yet been set.

“Ongoing discussions will look to ensure all buildings developed for NHS services are appropriate, affordable and in the right place.”

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation paid £2 million for the land at the site, and it was originally hoped a £40 million facility would be open by April 2012. The site was also designed to house a new Royal Mail sorting office and Territorial Army cadets centre.

Both the new sorting office and the cadet centre have now been built and Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation has just submitted an application to demolish the old Royal Mail sorting office.

A spokesman for the corporation said: “We have built the cadet centre and new sorting office, but due to finance issues with the NHS we are no longer able to complete the final stage of the project.”

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