Leech welcomes "green light" for Christie's new proton beam therapy centre to start building in the summer

John with local nurse, Izzy McNeillSouth Manchester MP John Leech has welcomed the announcement that the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester will start building its new proton beam therapy centre over the summer. The centre will be home to one of two UK centres delivering proton beam therapy to treat cancer patients from 2018.

The Government has announced £250million in support for the scheme. Also announced today is that Interserve Construction Ltd has been named as the building contractor and Varian Medical Systems has been named as the equipment supplier.

John Leech MP said today: “This is great news for Manchester. I have lobbied hard for the Christie and it’s good to know that building will start in the summer and local people will soon be able to get this treatment here rather than travel overseas, as currently happens.”

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:  "I am very pleased that the new centre at the Christie here in Manchester has been given the final green light today, and that building will now start in the summer.

“Proton beam therapy is an extremely promising treatment, and I am determined to support investment in pioneering new technology such as this for the Christie and the whole NHS.”

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