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News from Mike Penning


Campaigning for a new hospital in West Hertfordshire

From April 2017 Edition | Boxmoor Direct

Mike Penning Hemel Hempstead

I’ve been continuing my support for the campaign for a new hospital to serve all three major towns in west Hertfordshire; Hemel Hempstead, Watford & St Albans. 
As you may know the Watford-based West Herts Hospital NHS Trust has put forward a ‘Strategic Outline Case’ (SOC), which essentially disregards efforts to build a new hospital on a greenfield site, but instead puts all funding towards rebuilding the existing Watford, and to a lesser degree St Albans, hospitals.

I have always felt that it would be better to build a new hospital on a new site – probably somewhere near the M25 in the Kings Langley area which would serve all three towns equally. A new site would allow room for expansion and the all-important car parking. Also, my gut feeling is that it would actually end up more cost-effective than trying to rebuild on site which is fully functional at the same time.

The newly formed ‘New Hospital Campaign’ supported by myself and the Dacorum Hospital Action Group has submitted a detailed report which challenges many of the assumptions made in Trust’s SOC proposals and reiterates the view that the unbiased facts support a new-build, greenfield option as the most viable and advantageous one.

The Board of the GP-led Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (who “commission” health services on our behalf) met on 9th March to consider the proposals submitted by the Trust and I am delighted that they have agreed to take more time so that they can consider the ‘New Hospital Campaign’ report.

I have written to NHS England in support of the campaign and they have already been made aware of the lunacy of ignoring a new build hospital on a greenfield site and of the flaws in the arguments put forward against it.

I reiterate my view that for the benefit of all the residents of west Hertfordshire a new, purpose built, state-of-the-art modern hospital in a central location on an available low cost site by the M25 is the best option.

In the meantime, I would encourage everyone to sign the Dacorum Hospital Action Group petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/169500


Address: Constituency Office, The Bury, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 1HR
Web: www.mikepenning.com 
Email: mike.penning.mp@parliament.uk
Telephone: 01442 251126


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