Indecision over ownership of “under-used” North Cambs hospital is impacting on services, MP Steve Barclay says

North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech.

North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

An MP is calling for answers over the ownership of the “under-used” North Cambs Hospital.

MP Steve Barclay wrote to NHS area director Andrew Reed about the hospital, which is owned by Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS), but was frustrated by his response.

In his response, Mr Reed said: “The area team of NHS England have been in discussion with the Department of Health and the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) regarding the future ownership of estate currently within CCS (which includes the Wisbech hospital).

“The current proposal is that the ownership of the estate remains with CCS for 2015/16 whilst discussions take place within the local health economy over the future direction of services in Cambridgeshire.”

Mr Barclay, who will write to secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt to raise his concerns, says continuing delays are impacting on services at the hospital.

He said: “I am unhappy with yet another delay as a decision has already been delayed a year.

“CCS will no longer be responsible for many aspects of healthcare in this area after losing out in a recent tendering process to the Uniting Care Partnership, which will take over provision of those services from April.

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“I am concerned that while the hospital remains under the CCS wing there will be no investment in services as they have no long-term control over its future.

“This latest delay is very frustrating. North Cambs Hospital is under-utilised and has potential to provide essential care within our community, including end of life care, but until a decision is made on who owns the building there is unlikely to be any improvement in use of the site.”