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Two new hospitals 'built by 2010'
Artist's impression of Pontefract Hospital
The Pontefract facility will open by 2009
The development of two new hospitals in West Yorkshire has taken a step closer after the government agreed to help with the health trust's debts.

Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and Pontefract General Infirmary will be rebuilt under the 250m scheme and are expected to open by 2010.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said it was getting support for its previous deficit from the Department of Health.

Financial help had been agreed due to "exceptional circumstances", it added.

Along with our partners we have fought long and hard to secure these fantastic new facilities for local people
Lord Lofthouse, trust chairman

The authority, a zero-star NHS trust, said it had been working hard to address long-standing financial problems and develop a long-term recovery plan.

Balfour Beatty has been chosen to build the new hospitals under the private finance initiative.

Initial plans for a 55-bed centre at Pontefract had been increased to 120-beds after a public consultation and would open by 2009, the trust said.

Exact figures have not been attached to the Pinderfields project, which is scheduled to finish by 2010.

Trust chairman Lord Lofthouse said: "Along with our partners we have fought long and hard to secure these fantastic new facilities for local people.

"I am now able to retire safe in the knowledge that we have secured our plans to provide two brand new, state-of-the-art hospitals that will offer the highest quality healthcare in the best possible environment."


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