Robert Halfon looks for commitment on Princess Alexandra Hospital
Health / Tue 9th Jan 2018 at 04:36pm
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to seek a commitment from the government on Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Mr Halfon said: “My hon. Friend will be aware that Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital has among the highest rates of A&E use in England. That has been exacerbated by the winter crisis, which has caused significant pressures on the ambulance services, resulting in a constituent having to wait 10 hours for an ambulance over Christmas.
“Will my hon. Friend redouble his efforts to do everything possible to have a new hospital in Harlow, to help us with the infrastructure and ensure that Harlow has a hospital that is fit for purpose for the 21st century?
Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health
“My right hon. Friend is another consistent campaigner in favour of improving the infrastructure and estate of his hospital. He has invited me to visit; I have seen it and I am well aware that the hospital trust has put in an application for a significant rebuild, which will be considered in the allocation of the next phase of sustainability and transformation plan funding”.
Glad hes looking for commitments!! Especially given The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust has had to add 192 extra bed days so far this winter
I really respect Robert Halfon, he is always pushing to make things better in Harlow for us as residents. Its not easy given all the budget cuts and it can sometimes seem like a thankless task. Some ways the hospital could save money would be to means test and charge for food whilst you are admitted (i work and would have no objection to paying for my breakfast, lunch and dinner as I would if I wasn't in hospital). Ambulances that are called to the scene of an RTA could reclaim costs from the drivers insurance company or the party who is at fault (why should the NHS foot the bill?). All prescribed dressings and medications to be reused if the patient they were prescribed for no longer needs them or they are not suitable. At the moment whole packs of sealed dressings and medication are just thrown in the bin!