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MP looks to doctors to judge "courageous" hospital plan
WYCOMBE MP Steve Baker says plans for a regional Thames Valley hospital are "courageous" - but he will look to doctors to judge the proposals.
Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell, is calling for a new 'super hospital' to be built at Junction 8/9 of the M4, which would prompt the closure a hospital within his constituency (see related links).
Though "slightly cautious" about hospital centralisation, Mr Baker stressed he is not a clinical expert and would wait to hear what local doctors say about the radical plans.
At a meeting in Marlow on Friday, the Conservative backbencher added: "If it’s the best solution I would expect the Clinical Commissioning Groups to come out and back it. If they come out and back it then I’ll back them."
But after the meeting he told the Bucks Free Press his support would rest on the public’s backing as well.
He said the new hospital would be a "massive departure" from NHS plans to create a network of services across existing sites, and the proposal was a "controversial contribution" to the current debate.
He added: "The attraction for people in Marlow Bottom and the south of my constituency is obvious.
“The case is not so clear cut for my constituents in Tylers Green, Hazlemere or Ibstone and of course the people of High Wycombe want the ideal we all share: for such a hospital to be built here.
"If the public across Wycombe back Dr Lee's proposal and if our local doctors agree that it is the best plan for Wycombe and the Thames Valley, then I will back them.
"In the meantime, I want the best services in Wycombe as part of the intended network..."
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