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Harlow MP Robert Halfon pays tribute to PAH on its 55th birthday

Politics / Mon 27th Apr 2020 pm30 07:41pm

55th anniversary of the opening of our Princess Alexandra Hospital

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has paid tribute to Princess Alexandra Hospital on the occasion of its 55th birthday.

Mr Halfon said: “Today is the 55th anniversary of the opening of our Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital in Harlow.

Looking back over those 55 years, I would like to pay a highly-deserved tribute to every member of the PAH family that has worked tirelessly to support our community – everyone from the cleaners, porters, ancillary staff, nurses, doctors and consultants to the management ​team, which is now led by a very special Chief Executive, Lance McCarthy.

On behalf of everyone in Harlow, Hastingwood, Matching, Nazeing, Roydon and Sheering – I want to say thank you. Our appreciation will never be enough for the care that you have shown to us and our families in times of need, the lives you have saved and, of course, the new lives you have welcomed into the world.

I must also pay special thanks to everyone who is currently working at PAH to help Harlow beat COVID-19. You are putting service before self, risking your own health to look after others. Each and every one of you are true Corona Heroes. It is by the incredible kindness and hard work that you show, day in day out, that we will overcome this and be reunited with each other once again.

PAH has served our town for 55 years, and I am proud to have supported the hospital as MP for the last 10 years. In Parliament, I have fought hard to secure a brand new hospital for Harlow, which along with the hundreds of millions of pounds move of Public Health England to Harlow, will put us on the map as the health-science capital of the UK.

Our brand new hospital will be fit for the 21st century and, more importantly, it will allow our NHS staff to do their job in a building that meets their needs and allows them to thrive. It will transform healthcare in our town.

So, amid the toughest time in our hospital’s history, we can look back proudly on 55 years of the Princess Alexandra Hospital serving our town. And when we are through this, stronger than ever, we can look forward to a brand new hospital to serve the people of Harlow and the villages.

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