Gordon Brown is to be urged to come to the rescue of a Birmingham hospital waiting for the green light to carry out a £696 million rebuild.
The Chancellor is to meet four city MPs who will urge him to intervene and ensure the long-awaited work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston goes ahead.
The project, to create a new 1,249-bed acute hospital, is in limbo while the Treasury examines the funding arrangements. MPs Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston), Steve McCabe (Lab Hall Green), Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) and Richard Burden (Lab Northfield) have arranged to meet Mr Brown so they can urge him to intervene personally.
The hospital will be funded by the Private Finance Initiative scheme, in which a private consortium builds and manages the premises and is repaid over 35 years.