Published: 13/05/2004, Volume II4, No. 5905 Page 9

The Paddington Health Campus looks set to be cut in size by 15 per cent. And campaigners say the subsequent bed reductions are likely to come from St Mary's trust.

The trusts developing the major private finance initiative hospital says that changes in models of care over the next decade will require a different style of hospital, and that these will be incorporated into the design of the health campus before a final plan is put forward.

A joint statement by Royal Brompton and Harefield trust, St Mary's trust, and Imperial College London said: 'This could lead to a reduction in the size of the scheme on the basis that we are working towards a different model of care, where ambulatory care and chronic disease are better managed in community settings.'

It explained: 'This could lead roughly to a 15 per reduction in the scheme from 218,000m2 to190,000m2. 'Campaigners opposed to the development say that the most recent board meeting of St Mary's trust heard that if there was a reduction in the planned number of beds available, they 'may' be lost from St Mary's.