Nick Clegg, Sheffield’s Liberal Democrat MP, has written to George Osborne asking that Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital, along with other specialist children’s hospitals, receive equal consideration to Great Ormond Street in the next round of funding announcements from banking fines in the March budget.
George Osborne pledged in his autumn statement last year to match the Christmas Appeal of Great Ormond Street Hospital up to a ‘cap’ of £1.5 million with the money the government receives through LIBOR fines.
Nick has received a reply from George Osborne stating that Sheffield Children’s Hospital's proposals will be given ‘the fullest consideration’ for the next round of funding, along with other good causes.
Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam said
“It’s important that all our country’s specialist children’s hospitals get the funding they need, including our own Sheffield Children’s hospital.
"The Chancellor's response to my request shows there's a realistic chance that we may get a positive announcement in the next budget for Sheffield Children's Hospital - I will continue to do my bit with others to keep up the pressure on the Government.”
Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of only a few stand-alone paediatric trusts, along with Birmingham and Alder Hey, in Liverpool, and provides nationally significant specialisms.