This Tuesday (4 April 2017) Milton Keynes Council Cabinet will agree a £10 million pound investment in a new Cancer Therapy centre at the Milton Keynes University Hospital.
The new Cancer Therapy centre brings together oncology, clinical haematology and cancer related chemotherapy services.
Cllr Rob Middleton, Council Finance lead, said “The basic idea is to bring together all cancer services under one roof at the hospital. I am delighted that we are able to invest £10 million in the new centre. This comes on top of £5.73 million we have already invested in the hospital. I am very clear that our University hospital is going to become a cutting edge centre of excellence in the Country.”
The new 24 bed cancer centre will cost around £15 million. So the Councils £10 million contribution, when added to £2 million provided by a leading charity means that 80% of the funding has been agreed. This will then allow the hospital to commit the remaining money from the hospitals, capital funds.
Cllr Pete Marland, Council Leader and Chair of the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board added, “We work very closely with the Milton Keynes University Hospital. Despite the financial challenges we face, we have found the money to help in the fight against cancer. I am proud of our partnership with the hospital.”
Unlike other investment and services which are funded by the Council Tax this money has been secured from developers as part of the infrastructure that underpins the building of new homes and communities. This again highlights how well the Labour led Council works with partners to create a great place to live, work, learn, be healthy and bring up the children.
Cllr Middleton concluded, “I am pleased that the Labour led City Council is managing its limited resources effectively and we are able to vote through further investment in to our Hospital. This comes on top of our decision last month to invest £13.5 million in a new GP medical centre on the west flank at Whitehouse. We have now invested £30 million in our hospital and new Medical centre. It is because of our sound finances that we are able to deliver this investment.”