Some suggest Dame's proceeding piece favoured the Royal Marsden as the underdog.
In the interests of fair play and balance she reproduces this letter from Joanna Axon of the Royal Brompton.
Joanna promotes the Royal Brompton case in a pretty cogent way....
I am in receipt of your email dated 18th December addressed to local residents and other stakeholders regarding our proposals.
Royal Brompton Hospital is a world-class provider of healthcare and the UK’s leading centre for heart and lung disease. Investing in existing and new facilities at the hospital is essential as it is increasingly difficult to provide 21st Century care from the existing campus of buildings. Our plan is to bring all the hospital’s services and clinical experts onto one integrated building so that we can continue to provide the best care for patients. The cost of these improvements will be met through the sale of land in the local area owned by the Hospital and the Hospital Charity. Every penny raised will be reinvested in the new hospital building.
As outlined in the first Community Newsletter, copy attached, we will be seeking planning permission for the development of buildings in our Estate including Fulham wing and South Parade with the intention of disposing of these properties so we can afford the significant capital required to invest in existing and new facilities on our Sydney Street campus. We believe that our proposals, which both increase and improve the provision of hospital facilities, meet the Royal Borough’s core planning policy in relation to social and community use.
We need to achieve the highest land sale receipts in order to achieve our plan to create state of the art facilities to continue to provide world-class care for patients. If we do not obtain sufficient capital funds we cannot provide new facilities for vulnerable patients with Cystic Fibrosis and other respiratory conditions currently cared for in Fulham Wing and we will therefore continue to occupy Fulham Wing.
In your email you state that the hospital has put the property up for sale. This is not the case. We will not be doing so unless we can realise values that would allow us to carry out our plans. Further new facilities would have to be operational prior to selling any hospital buildings and therefore the earliest anticipated date would be 2024.
We have a strong working relationship with our healthcare partners at the Royal Marsden. We also view them as one of our stakeholders in the planning process and therefore we wrote to them together with our other stakeholders in November 2013 regarding our initial plans. You correctly state that discussions were held with Royal Marsden in 2009 and early 2010, however these were in relation to a 30 bed private patient unit with supporting facilities to be located within a Royal Brompton Hospital new build. At no time have Royal Marsden sought discussions with us regarding their desire to purchase the Fulham Wing.
Our proposals are still at an early stage and we are committed to a comprehensive programme of engagement during the development of our plans and in advance of submitting planning applications. We will be holding our first public exhibition in February, invitations will be issued shortly, we look forward to seeing you there.
Joanna Axon Msc MRICS
Director of Capital Projects & Development