Local MP, Mike Penning has condemned the announcement this week by the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group that they are not going to consider proposals for a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital on a new greenfield site. Instead they propose the redevelop the Watford and St Albans hospital sites.
Mike said: “I find this disgusting and ludicrous. They claim to have held a consultation, but the only voices they’ve listened to have been their own. They are supposed to be representing the views of the people who use the local health service. I’ve represented Hemel Hempstead in Parliament for over 10 years and I’ve yet to meet anyone who thinks it is a good idea to put more money into the Watford hospital site. It is madness.
“The Commissioning Group have claimed that the new hospital option isn’t cost-effective, but they’ve made that decision while saying they still have to check their sums. Instead, they are putting their faith - and our health - in a hospital Trust that is in special measures with a management team that is, frankly, not fit for purpose.
“Nothing to do with health provision in West Herts shocks me anymore.”
“I’ve now set up a petition to call on NHS England to inject some common sense into this and put some money forward to build a new state-of-the-art hospital to serve this rapidly growing part of the country.”
The petition states:
We, the people of West Hertfordshire, call on NHS England to make funds available to build a brand new hospital on an out-of-town site near Junction 20 of the M25. This location would serve all communities in West Hertfordshire, in particular the three large, and growing, towns of Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans.
A state-of-the-art hospital in this location would not only serve the local towns but would be strategically located for Heathrow, north west London and Luton.
Access to the current Watford site is a disaster. A new greenfield site would be easily accessible to all three main towns and have space for plenty of parking and future expansion.
A major construction project in this location would significantly contribute to the Government’s objective of investing substantially in infrastructure to stimulate the economy.
Jon Wedger is about to embark on a walk from London to Manchester to raise funds and awareness.