Council today welcomed the Health Authoritys move to delay the decision on the new
The Authority was originally due to decide between the Walsgrave and city centre sites
on 16 March but may now wait until next month. The City Council favours building on the
site of the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital but Walsgrave Hospitals Trust which runs
the citys hospitals has gone for the Walsgrave option.
John McGuigan, head of City Development Directorate, said the Authority had made a wise
"The Authority has pulled together a list of around 20 key issues it wants to see
resolved before it can make a decision. They range from detailed planning issues, to flood
plains to decanting of the sites.
"We are comfortable as a council that these need to be resolved because if we
dont come to the right decision it could damage the ability to deliver through the
"It is not going to be that much longer and the key message from NHS management
nationally is that while we were being told locally we must make a decision by the 16
March, that is not the situation.
"The vital thing is that we make the right decision, not a quick but wrong
David Loughton, chief executive of the Walsgrave Hospitals Trust, did not want to talk
about the delay. He said:
"I shall follow the advice given by the editor of the Coventry Evening Telegraph
in his editorial today and make no comment at this stage.
"That said, we would welcome a quick decision."
Chris Howgrave-Graham, chief executive of the Coventry Health Authority, was not
available for comment.