Councillors welcome X-ray funding

Published Wednesday, 30 October 2019

COUNCILLORS have welcomed news that x-ray facilities will be returned to Hinckley.

West Leicestershire CCG has confirmed that funding for the new facility can be provided through the University Hospitals of Leicester capital expenditure programme.

Earlier this month the Borough Council offered to loan the CCG the funds or lease the equipment in advance of the multi million pound investment commitment already made by the NHS in order to help to return the key facility to the town as soon as possible. 

The move came after councillors expressed their concerns about its loss after the facility was closed for safety reasons in September and particularly the fact that local residents are now forced to travel to Coalville or into Leicester City for this key service.

A spokesperson for West Leicestershire CCG said:

We now need to go through a short process of planning and approval through the CCG Board and with other partners.  This will give us the timetable for undertaking the necessary internal building works and installing the x-ray and equipment, which we can then inform the public of.

We are committed to continuing to update people on our plans and further briefings will follow.

Councillor Stuart Bray said:

I am delighted to hear that funding for this key facility has been secured.  I’m grateful to our colleagues at West Leicestershire CCG, the University Hospitals of Leicester and the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Alliance who provide planned care services at Hinckley and District Hospital for their work in bringing about a solution to this difficult issue. This is a key facility for local residents that all of us were keen to reinstate in Hinckley as soon as practically possible.