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Update: Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital

In a statement to the House of Commons today, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced that plans for Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, can proceed and will be funded.

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Architect image of Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital and neighbours AstraZeneca (bottom left), Royal Papworth Hospital (bottom right) and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

We await final sign off of our Outline Business Case.

This sets out the vision, benefits and value for money that Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital will offer, following review by the NHSE and HM Treasury Joint Investment Committee in March.

In naming the new specialist cancer research hospital as one of the Cohort 2 schemes, the Secretary of State confirmed that the plans would be funded as part of the New Hospital Programme.

Additional fundraising and philanthropy will also be required, as has always been the case.

Watch: How Cambridge Cancer Research hospital will make a difference to patients (opens in a new tab)

Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge, will combine NHS clinical space with three new research institutes that will support the ambitions set out in the government's Life Science Strategy and the NHS Long Term Plan.

Bringing together world-class NHS clinicians with cutting-edge University and industry-led research, the hospital will accelerate the early detection of cancer and lead the way in delivering bespoke, precision treatments that will radically improve patient outcomes.

Construction of the new seven storey, 26,000 m2 building is set to begin in 2024. A full planning application was submitted to Cambridge City Council in January 2023 and we expect to receive a decision this summer.

Cambridge Children’s Hospital Update

We are making significant progress with our plans to build the first specialist children’s hospital for the East of England. Planning permission for the Hospital was awarded in March 2022

There are no current plans for Cambridge Children’s Hospital to join the New Hospital Programme (NHP). Our £100m of government funding was committed prior to the NHP in 2018 under the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships scheme.

We are working closely with NHS England on finalising the costs and funding streams for this brand new hospital and we are on track to meet our target of an additional £100m of philanthropy. Our Outline Business Case is scheduled for national review in September and continues to attract widespread regional support.

Cambridge Children’s Hospital will be the first to truly provide mental and physical health care together, delivered by staff who are trained in both.

It will be a national exemplar, delivering a revolutionary model of healthcare and game-changing advances in life sciences research via an embedded research facility focused on detecting and preventing childhood illness.