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London NHS hospital to be sold and turned into flats

Published on 05/09/2011

St Mary's Hospital in Paddington may be closed and sold off to property developers in the most high-profile hospital closure of the past 20 years.

The hospital is run by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which is currently facing debts of over £100million. With the NHS expected to cut £20bn in the next 4 years, St Mary's teaching hospital may be the first of many closures.

With 500 beds, St Mary's is one of London's four designated trauma unit, and was the hospital in which Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. But this historical site could soon be turned into 3000 residential flats.

In a statement to the Independent, Imperial Healthcare NHS trust confirmed that 'we started a tender process to appoint architect and engineer firms to look at the development potential of all our sites', and that it was undertaking a 'long-term strategy review'.

The plight of Imperial simply highlights the desperate situation which many London NHS trusts find themselves in.

With private health insurance, you can be treated in a private hospital of your choice, free from the radical cuts the NHS need to make. Compare health insurance quotes online now to have peace of mind about your future.

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