Written evidence submitted by Dr John Puntis
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust announced in 2019 that both an adult services ambulatory care wing and a Children’s Hospital for Yorkshire would be built as part of the NHP.
- A building site has been cleared and surrounded with hoardings (which have now been in place for 4 years) advertising the new facilities and inviting the public to come and inspect the development of the two new hospitals.
- The Trust recently announced that the developments had been funded, with a celebratory picture on its website.
- In response to a Freedom of Information Request from myself, the Trust then accepted that the outline business case had not in fact yet been approved.
- The Trust also declined to say how much funding had been promised on the grounds of commercial sensitivity, but did state that there would now only be one building and not two, giving no details of how this affected the original promised project.
- Local MPs tell me they have not been able to find out the amount of funding.
- Plans for the hospitals were developed in consultation with clinicians but the bed base in paediatrics was not increased despite huge and growing pressure on beds providing Yorkshire wide regional services clearly evident at the time of my retirement four years ago.
- The plans are now to be modified in the light of the Hospital 2.0 approach being applied to standardise design. Details of this are not forthcoming.
- I am concerned that the Children’s Hospital (first mooted in 1978) will not appear for many years despite being on the original list of pathfinder projects, and that the bed numbers will prove inadequate based on erroneous assumptions about a shift to community care from hospital provision.