The York Central MP took the opportunity in the last few days before the Summer Recess to receive commitment from the Minister that the Bootham Park Hospital One Public Estate Bid will be reviewed.
Her intervention follows NHS Property Service’s shock announcement that talks had failed with their preferred bidder and that they now plan to remarket the site. This news came almost a year to the day after Ms. Maskell advised NHS Property Services about ongoing disputes between her constituents and the preferred bidder.
Ms Maskell questioned the Minister by asking “ A year on NHS Property Services are now having to re-market the site of Bootham Park Hospital. In the light of this complete failure and not listening to health professionals locally, will the Minister ensure the One Public Estate Bid is seriously considered as this sale moves on.”
Speaking after the intervention Rachael said:
“ I am optimistic that there is fresh hope for the Bootham site and will be scrutinising the plan proposed by City of York Council, and working closely with all authorities involved in determining the future of the site. This is an unmissable opportunity to ensure that the site, adjacent to York Teaching Hospital is utilised to it’s full potential for the people of York and their healthcare needs.
I will be liaising with NHS Property Services and expect them to reimburse the CCG for its running costs of the site in the light of their wrong determination to go with their preferred buyer. They have not sold the site as promised after much warning and have therefore frustrated the CCG in having to pay for the building maintenance.
I will be arranging meetings with NHS Property Services to revisit the one public estate work as a priority which seeks to deliver vital homes and jobs for York.
This is a fresh opportunity to ensure that the right decision is made and I am determined to do all I can to ensure it is kept as Public Land for Public Good”
Since being elected in 2015 Rachael Maskell MP has been campaigning to keep the site for a health campus that is used to enhance the health and wellbeing of all. She will continue to work closely with all relevant authorities to ensure that the site will benefit the people of York.