A statement from our Chief Executive, Richard Parker OBE:
“I am very disappointed that the Trust’s business case for the development of a new hospital in Doncaster has not been included in the Government’s New Hospital Programme.
“Doncaster Royal Infirmary is one of the largest sites in South Yorkshire and currently faces significant estate-related challenges, and the backlog maintenance work is now valued at over £118 million which highlights the significant, and urgent, need for investment to meet the growing demands of our city.
“Our focus, and that of our health and social care partners and local leaders, will now need to shift towards ensuring that Doncaster Royal Infirmary is fit for the future, as well as seeking clarity to understand what additional funding avenues and opportunities are available to us.
“We understand the importance of providing safe and effective healthcare services, and we will embark upon the challenging task of upgrading and maintaining our existing facilities to meet the needs of our patients and colleagues.
“Despite this setback, I would like to emphasise that DBTH has a strong track record of successfully delivering capital projects. In the previous financial year, we completed a development scheme totalling over £48 million. This demonstrates our commitment to improving our facilities and providing high-quality care for local people.
“Most importantly, our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community remains unwavering. We will strive to ensure we deliver the very best services to meet the evolving care needs of the people of both Doncaster and Bassetlaw.
“Finally I would like to extend my gratitude to our dedicated team, who work tirelessly to provide exceptional care under challenging circumstances, as well as to our local representatives, local authority and health and social care partners across the region who have worked as hard as we have to try to secure the necessary funding. Together, we will continue to make the case for a new hospital at every opportunity.”