won a medical school from the Government but no one knows where it can be built because of
the local squabbles over where a new super hospital is to be sited.
Now David Loughton, chief executive of the Walsgrave Hospital Trust, is urging Health
Minister Frank Dobson to decide quickly where he wants the new hospital to be built.
Loughton is at loggerheads with the city council and with Coventry Community Health
Council who want the new hospital to be built near to the city centre on the site of the
current Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital.
Loughton wants it on the Walsgrave site on the fringes of the city and he was backed by
Coventry Health Authority.
Community Health Council have referred the matter to the Government for decision
however because of the opposing views.
News of the medical school, to be jointly run between Warwick University, Leicester
University and the Walsgrave Hospital Trust, is a tremendous boost to the city.
Coventry will become a university teaching hospital and Loughton says:
"It puts us in the premier league of hospitals in this country. But I urge Frank
Dobson, the Secretary of State for Health, to make a very rapid decision on the site of
the new hospital."
Rosemary Tomkinson, chairperson of the community health council, said she expected a
decision in September, and said the medical school did not have to be on either of the
hospital sites under review.
Suggestions that the drawn out decision-making process could jeopardise the new
hospital were wrong, she said.
"I dont think the government would have awarded us a medical school if they
did not intend us having a new hospital," she added.
The medical school is a major prize for the city. More consultants will be recruited to
train the new doctors and Warwick University will have almost 500 medical students who
will do their practical training on the wards of the new super hospital.
There will be leading edge research conducted at the new school, which is expected to
attract some of the top medical brains. It could be housed on the Warwick University site
but most believe it would be better built as part of the super hospital to give students
ease of access to the wards.