Huppert welcomes Papworth deal after weeks of lobbying

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the news that the government has approved a £165 million deal to move Papworth Hospital to Cambridge.

The decision comes after Julian lobbied Ministers, raising the issue in the Commons and at a large number of private meetings.

He spoke many times with Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, who praised him for his efforts, and also with Health Ministers after fears that the Treasury was blocking progress on the move.

And he took the concerns of Papworth Hospital to the heart of government after the project stalled earlier this year.

Julian said: “This deal is excellent news for Papworth Hospital and for Cambridge. It combines the heart and lung expertise at Papworth with Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s status as a major trauma centre which is excellent news for patients across the region and health care generally.

“This move will ensure that Papworth retains its reputation for world class treatment by moving to a centre with the latest medical technology. And it combines it with Cambridge’s position as a world leader in ground breaking scientific research and development.

“It was a lot of work – but very much worth it.”

Fittingly, it is almost exactly 30 years since Europe’s first heart and lung transplant was carried out at Papworth Hospital.