Health minister Stephen Hammond visits Princess Alexandra Hospital

ON Thursday 16th May, Robert Halfon MP welcomed the Health Minister, Stephen Hammond, to visit and meet with staff at the Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital in Harlow.

The visit was part of Robert’s ongoing campaign to secure a new health campus for Harlow and came after he pressed the Minister to visit the hospital during his fourth debate in Parliament on the subject.

During the visit, Robert Halfon and Stephen Hammond met with the Executive Team to discuss the urgent necessity for a new building, after the hospital staff have worked hard and made tremendous progress in improving services. The Chief Executive, Lance McCarthy, highlighted the convoluted layout of the hospital and the increased demand for its services.

Robert and Stephen also spent a number of hours talking with NHS staff members from across the departments to talk about the challenges they face. They also received a tour of the Penn, Charnley and A&E wards, where they spoke to patients.

Robert Halfon said: “We had a really positive visit from the Health Minister to Harlow today. It is so important that the Health Department understand our growing need for a brand new health campus and I am very grateful to the Minister for his time.

“We made a strong case as to why we so desperately need a brand new health campus and we were able to see first-hand the outstanding work and dedication of our NHS staff in Harlow.

“I am going to continue to work hard and push for Government funding for our new hospital.”

Stephen Hammond said: “I’m really pleased to see that, over the past few years, [the Princess Alexandra Hospital have] been making a big journey in terms of patient safety and working with their staff to improve the well-led part of the CQC.

“I’ve had a round-table and I’ve been speaking to them about some of the issues that confront staff, but I’ve got a really positive attitude here.”

“It’s great to see the improvements that have been happening, including some new wards. But I recognise the challenges and it’s very clear that an NHS that can get more money can rise to those challenges.”

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