Mary Creagh MP has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, asking him if he can help find a buyer for Clayton Hospital.
The site on Northgate has been boarded up since Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust moved services out of the building in 2012. Since then there have been repeated acts of vandalism on the site, and police have warned that it is not safe.
Ms Creagh has asked the Health Secretary to confirm what assistance he can provide to Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust to help them identify a buyer for the site, and also to set out what he is doing to ensure that the existing building is kept safe and secure.
Letter to Jeremy Hunt:
Dear Mr Hunt
Re: Clayton Hospital, Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3JS
I am contacting you regarding the site of the above named hospital in my constituency which was closed in 2012 by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The building has been boarded up and surrounded by fencing since its closure and I understand the NHS Trust has been looking to sell the site and are in discussions with a buyer.
I have been concerned by recent reports of young people breaking into the site and trying to access the building. In 2014, as a result of a message on social media, a group of 200 people turned up one evening for a ‘ghost hunt’ at the former hospital which led to 4 arrests.
I would be grateful if you can confirm what assistance you are providing to Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust to help them identify a buyer for this site and also what you are doing to ensure that the existing building is kept safe and secure.
I look forward to your response on this matter.
Labour Member of Parliament for Wakefield