Harlow’s regeneration boss sets record straight on support for new hospital
News / Tue 5th Jun 2018 am30 10:38am
THE HARLOW councillor in charge of regeneration has set the record straight on his position regarding a new hospital for Harlow.
Cllr John Strachan was the only councillor to abstain from a motion in a Harlow Council meeting that called for a new hospital for Harlow.
Cllr Strachan said: “My position on the need for a new hospital has always been clear, it is the same as Harlow Labour Party and the councils. I abstained (in November) quite simply because of the wording of the motion.
“The crumbling infrastructure of the hospital is making it ever more difficult to deliver the excellent service that the staff of PAH administer to the patients, along with the pressure of real term budget cuts.
This year the NHS is 70, as a Labour run council, we will keep pushing for the government to publicly fund a new hospital that not only best serves the needs of the people of Harlow, but is fit for at least another 70 years.
Bit of a tail-chasing story for Your Harlow this one has been, trying to look for controversy where there was none.
John Strachan is absolutely right. The planned expansion of the town makes a new hospital absolutely critical. PAH has for example the lowest performance figure for A&E wait times in the UK. But from 2010 to 2018, A&E visitor numbers have risen from 40,000 to 100,000. This pressure will only increase with more development in the catchment area (which is much larger than Harlow itself ... A&E catchment is 350,000 people. Harlow has little more than 85,000). The key part of John's statement is that the new hospital is "... pushing for the government to publicly fund a new hospital ..." publicly fund, not build through PFI. PFI, started under John Major and supercharged by Tony Blair, has produced £11.5 billion of assets for the NHS, which will over the full PFI term, cost the NHS £80 billion (by 2030). 700% more than asset value.
The Tories shelved the PFI plan,as you well know. The terrible two-some that dropped the country into the massive debts that you have just calculated, Bliar & Brown. Remember,"we've spent all the money". Typical of their ilk, spending the country's financial future.
Micky the more you keep repeating what was an ill judged JOKE as if it were a fact, the stupider you look. Especially so when you couple it with the nonsense suggestion that Blair and Brown caused a GLOBAL RECESSION. Get a grip! And double especially since I actually stated (PFI) 'supercharged by Tony Blair ...' P.S. Twosome isn't hyphenated. (although threesomes sometimes do have a break in the middle)
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