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MPs pledge support for regional Cancer Research Hospital

More than thirty MPs from across the East of England have signed a letter, pledging their support for two new specialist regional facilities - the Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research Hospital, both due to be built on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The letter, which sets out why the hospitals are so urgently needed in the region, will be included as part of the Outline Business Case for the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.

June 2022

To whom it may concern,

As Members of Parliament for constituencies in the East of England, we would like to state our support for two new specialist hospitals for the region.

The need is urgent and immediate. The East of England is the only NHS region without a specialist children’s hospital, nor does it have a specialist cancer hospital.

Both these new planned hospitals will provide high-quality patient-led care for our constituents, drawing on a wealth of co-located research and technology to detect disease early and provide personalised precision treatment.

The Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research Hospital are due to be built on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. They will sit alongside regional NHS physical and mental health specialties, the world-class research expertise of Cambridge University and the nearby Wellcome Sanger Institute, as well as life-science industry leaders such as AZ and GSK – delivering for the UK’s life sciences agenda.

Immediate benefits will be felt across the whole of East of England if these hospitals get the go-ahead, through the creation of regional hubs and clinical networks aimed at caring for patients closer to home, and building a sustainable regional paediatric and cancer workforce. Beyond that, both these hospitals will help transform healthcare nationally and internationally for generations to come.

We look forward to both these projects being given the green light to proceed to Full Business Case, in order that patients from right across our region can benefit from these important new life-changing facilities as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Bim Afolami MP

Peter Aldous MP

Richard Bacon MP

Kemi Badenoch MP

Duncan Baker MP

Paul Bristow MP

Anthony Browne MP

James Cartlidge MP

Jo Churchill MP

Daisy Cooper MP

Jonathan Djanogly MP

James Duddridge MP

Lucy Frazer MP

George Freeman MP

Richard Fuller MP

Matt Hancock MP

Oliver Heald MP

Tom Hunt MP

Julie Marson MP

Jerome Mayhew MP

Stephen McPartland MP

Stephen Metcalfe MP

Sarah Owen MP

Dr Daniel Poulter MP

Will Quince MP

Chloe Smith MP

Giles Watling MP

John Whittingdale MP

James Wild MP

Mohammad Yasin MP

Daniel Zeichner MP

Plans for Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital are now well developed; the Project had the first stage of its business case (the Strategic Outline Case) approved by the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England & NHS Improvement in December 2021. Work now continues on finalising the Outline Business Case for the Project.

Last month the government’s New Hospital Programme gave the Project the green light to seek expressions of interest from the construction industry for a partner who will build the seven-storey 26,000 m2 facility at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.