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Hospital's intensive care bid delayed

PUBLISHED: 12:06 12 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Hospital's financial bid for a £11 million pound intensive care unit has been delayed, it the Star can reveal today.

Talks on proposals to build a multi-million critical care centre were due to take place this month.

IPSWICH Hospital's financial bid for a £11 million pound intensive care unit has been delayed, it the Star can reveal today.

Talks on proposals to build a multi-million critical care centre were due to take place this month.

But it will now be considered by the NHS Executive Eastern Regional Office's Capital and Capacity taskforce in January.

The meeting has been put back so the task force can take into account how much money is needed to put into action the key elements of the NHS plan during the coming years.

These would include extra beds - needed to meet rising numbers of emergency patients, reduce waiting lists and bed occupancy rates.

It's not the first time the intensive care bid has been delayed.

The Star revealed in July how it was rejected at the last hurdle by the NHS Eastern regional office - despite having the backing of Suffolk Health authority - and had to be re-submitted causing a five-month delay.

The hospital warned at the time that it would face stiff competition from other hospitals wanting cash when it reapplied in November.

Ipswich's other requests for funding include a short stay elective care centre – for people having planned operations, orthopaedic outpatients and more fire precaution measures.

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