The Conservatives have promised that Professor Tim Briggs’s will get the funding he needs for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
Both Andrew Lansley, shadow health secretary, and Tory parliamentary candidate for Harrow East Bob Blackman have spoken this week about how they would guarantee the £60m needed to make much-needed improvements to the hospital.
Speaking to the Harrow Times, Blackman slammed Labour for ‘constantly’ prevaricating about providing the money. He said:
“Clearly they do not regard it as a priority.””
And last Wednesday on a visit to the hospital, Andrew Lansley said the party were ‘determined’ the rebuilding would go ahead, adding that:
“This should happen in the fastest available time scale, given the cost and risk of maintaining services in the woefully inadequate accommodation, with millions spent each year on repair and maintenance work.”
But while they promise that they will commit to it if elected, Blackman may have to deal with Professor Briggs as his opponent in the general election.
Earlier this month Briggs made headlines by saying he was considering standing as an independent challenger to Labour MP Tony McNulty. The Department of Health promised to find the money, but Briggs has not entirely ruled out a campaign.
One wonders if this will be enough to discourage him.