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Royal London bosses refute claims of hospital split

PUBLISHED: 19:00 04 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:07 05 October 2010

HOSPITAL bosses denied claims this week that Barts and the London Trust would be spilt in two to share the financial burden of the £1bn rebuild. It emerged earlier this year that the £1bn PFI re-development of the Royal London Hospital and St Bartholome

HOSPITAL bosses denied claims this week that Barts and the London Trust would be spilt in two to share the financial burden of the £1bn rebuild.

It emerged earlier this year that the £1bn PFI re-development of the Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew's could end up costing £5.3bn by the time the 35-year contract ends.

And this week the trust was accused of cooking-up a bail-out package by handing over its specialist heart and cancer facilities to University College London Hospital foundation trust.

The move would mean that UCLH would take on liability for around half of the PFI deal, according to the Evening Standard.

But hospital bosses have refuted the claims, saying that "no discussions have taken or are taking place about a transfer of Barts to UCLH."

A joint statement from Barts and UCLH said: "Senior clinicians from both UCLH and Barts and The London have been talking about collaboration in terms of how improving patient care and academic output can be achieved.

"It would be quite wrong to suggest that these discussions are driven by a perceived need for a financial rescue for Barts and The London.


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