17 March 2021.

BBC South Today are running a package based on a press notice issued by six local MPs. The notice relates to the MPs’ concerns about the impact a distribution centre being planned for near to Junction 7 of the M3 might have on new hospital proposals and their decision to ask the Secretary of State to intervene.

Hampshire Together was asked to provide a statement and the following was issued from Ruth Colburn Jackson, Managing Director for north and mid Hampshire at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups:

“I would like to thank all of our local MPs for this clear demonstration of support for a new hospital to serve the people of Hampshire and our programme to modernise and improve health services for local people.

“Planning and transport are two areas that we are working closely on with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, as well as the owners of the land we have identified as a possible site near to Junction 7 of the M3. Similar discussions are also ongoing in connection with our other possible site at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

“Both of these sites, and our proposals to improve services, will be discussed with the public during our consultation period, which we expect will take place later this year. No decisions will be taken on the location of a possible new hospital, or how services will be delivered in the future, until we have considered the views put forward by our patients, staff and public during consultation, alongside all the other evidence and data we have gathered during the course of our review.”