Kettering hospital boss says site is not fit for care

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Staff are moving   astatine  Kettering General HospitalImage source, Stuart Ratcliffe/BBC

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Staff are moving successful hard conditions astatine Kettering General Hospital, its brag said

The main enforcement of a infirmary has said the gathering is not successful a information "we should expect immoderate of our nearest and dearest to person care" in.

Kettering General Hospital main enforcement Simon Weldon said the tract was a "big hotchpotch of things" and the infirmary required urgent attention.

But helium said it was yet to person authorities backing awarded successful 2019.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) says the infirmary volition beryllium rebuilt by 2030.

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Kettering General Hospital main enforcement Simon Weldon said lone a 5th of the tract was acceptable for purpose

The infirmary was awarded £46m for a caller urgent attraction hub successful 2019 and a further £350m for redevelopment.

Mr Weldon said the infirmary was inactive waiting for the wealth and had "temporary boilers which provides powerfulness for the full site".

"If they halt moving the infirmary stops working," helium said.

He besides said the pipes for the hospital's heating were much than 50 years aged and determination was "no resilience successful that system".

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Kettering General Hospital's "temporary powerfulness plant" regularly breaks, Simon Weldon said

Mr Weldon described the tract arsenic "a large hotchpotch of things, immoderate things that are new, astir 10 years old, to things that are 100 years old, and everything successful between".

He added: "Those are not conditions a modern infirmary should beryllium arrogant of, those are not conditions we should inquire immoderate unit to enactment in, they are not the conditions we should expect immoderate of our nearest and dearest to person care."

The archetypal £46m the infirmary was grant successful 2019 was to regenerate the impermanent "power plant".

Mr Weldon said helium would taxable a concern lawsuit to get wealth "to hole the captious infrastructure enactment that volition support this tract safe".

But helium said the infirmary truly needed to beryllium rebuilt, and that "fixing the infirmary would beryllium atrocious worth for taxpayers".

The DHSC said the programme to build 40 caller hospitals by 2030 was "on track" and that included Kettering General Hospital.

"We are moving intimately with the NHS and the spot connected the improvement of their gathering plans," it said successful a statement.

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