Robert Halfon secures debate in House of Commons on new hospital in Harlow

News / Fri 26th Oct 2018 am31 08:20am

Robert Halfon secures debate in House of Commons on new hospital in Harlow

ON Monday 5th November, Robert Halfon will present a debate to the House of Commons, on the need for a new NHS hospital in Harlow.

This marks the third debate that Robert has successfully secured on the future of the Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital, as part of his ongoing campaign for the Government to release capital funding for a new health campus in Harlow.

The campaign has been supported by a number of MPs representing neighbouring constituencies and healthcare organisations. Robert wrote to the Health Secretary in May 2018 alongside his colleagues to raise the pressing need for a new hospital in Harlow. The letter was co-signed by Charles Walker MP, Mark Prisk MP, Eleanor Laing MP, Kemi Badenoch MP, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP and Alex Burghart MP.

Robert Halfon said: “Harlow is in desperate need of a new healthcare campus fit for the 21st century.

“Although we have a wonderful hospital with extraordinary NHS staff, it is no longer fit for purpose. The building is literally falling down under the mounting influx of patients. The A&E department alone can see up to 300 patients a day – 10% higher than the national average.

“The outstanding employees have done some tremendous work to get the hospital out of special measures, but it is now the infrastructure itself that is hindering any further progress.

“I am delighted to be drawing attention to this in Parliament once again and determined to make funding a reality for Harlow. A new hospital health campus would bring together A&E services, GP provision, social care, physiotherapy and a new ambulance hub in state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities.

“This new hospital would serve not only Harlow, but have a much wider impact on healthcare provision in Essex.”

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2 Comments for Robert Halfon secures debate in House of Commons on new hospital in Harlow:

2018-10-26 11:58:16

I agree we desperately need a new hospital which will take years to plan and build. Lets make sure it is in Harlow and not stuck up by the M11 Junction 7a making it inaccessible to those without a car in Harlow. It is also difficult for many patients who travel from the Hertfordshire villages and Broxbourne. I hope Robert Halfon will make this clear that the place for it is within Harlow when he speaks on our behalf in the House of Commons.

2018-10-26 15:24:59

I have to say well done to Rob on this. But a debate is all well and good, what is needed is dates, answers and a program to make it happen. Nobody argues we need a new and bigger hospital, but our PAH team need timelines so they can plan. PFI must be ruled out too. This is the best team PAH have had in a long time, and they need proper Political support so they can put a long term plan in place. I can assure them the full support of UKIP Harlow. Mark Gough.

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