The Midland Metropolitan hospital currently stands only two thirds complete in Smethwick near Birmingham. Construction started in January 2016 but ground to a halt early in 2018 after the financial collapse of Carillion. Many months have passed since work stopped and the effects of the delay in securing a new contract are now starting to play out in reality. The hospital was due to open in spring 2019 at costing taxpayers a fortune. The cost of the new hospital is already set to increase by tens of millions of pounds and project completion is likely to be delayed well beyond 2022.
The hospital was due to open in spring 2019 at a cost of £350 million. Significant strain is also being placed on the existing Birmingham City and Sandwell General hospitals. This is incredibly bad news for taxpayers and for patients in the West Midlands. The authorities should get a move on with the project as it is at costing taxpayers a fortune.
Strain is being placed on the existing Birmingham City Hospital due to the delays
We called on the government to re-tender the contract as quickly as possible. The longer the delays to the project, the greater the costs to the residents of the West Midlands, both financially and in terms of medical services. Our campaign has received coverage in local and national press, most notably on Radio 4’s The World At One programme following our visit to the construction site in May.