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Date published: 2005/10/29

The BBC says:

The decision by Papworth Hospital to press on with a move to Cambridge has been greeted with mixed feelings.

The board has decided to go ahead with plans for relocating the hospital next to Addenbrooke's Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The state-of-the-art heart and lung hospital is expected to cost around £170 million and could be complete by 2011.

Addenbrooke's welcomed the announcement. In a joint statement, Dr Mary Archer, chairman of Addenbrooke's, and Malcolm Stamp, the hospital's chief executive, said: "The hospital's re-location will bring the opportunity to improve services not only for the local population but also benefit medicine worldwide.

"We greet Papworth's decision to move here as a major event. We are both delighted."

More than 1,000 people took part in a four-month public consultation into the proposed move and Papworth said most of them supported relocation.

But concerns were raised that the hospital's unique ethos would be lost and that not enough work had been done to ensure there was affordable housing for staff and good access around the Cambridge site.

Good news for Cambridge, bad news for Papworth (although Papworth is not that far from Cambridge). Needless to say with enough money they can make good enough clinical facilities on the Addenbrooke's site. But almost certainly there will not be adequate car parking facilities. The rest of the site suffers from this problem in a big way and the ruling elite of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's refuses to do anything about it (except to make it worse). So this move will be both good and bad for patients.

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