Target date for new hospital for Harlow still not clear
Health / Tue 11th Jan 2022 am31 10:58am
A TARGET date for a new hospital for Harlow residents is still not clear reports the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
Back in December, Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) bosses reported that further progress has been delayed until the new year, as the trust waits for a government review to be completed.
According to the government plans, made in the government’s Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP), which was published in October 2019 and prompted the subsequent creation of the New Hospitals Programme (NHP) in October 2020. The six projects (including Harlow) made up a cohort entitled HIP1 and were due to be completed by 2025.
However, research by HSJ reveals that only one trust – Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust – hopes to complete its project by the target date, with the other five trusts working towards later dates of completion.
Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust said its target date was “not clear” but HSJ understands it will be after 2025.
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Meanwhile, the maintenance costs keep piling up at PAH. Keep a watchful eye out for the regular attendance of the drain clearing vans. At least PAH now have the grounds kept in a tidy state with the hedges cut back.
Why does everybody keep calling the new hospital Harlow Hospital, when it will be built under the area of Epping Forest District Council?.
One of the clearest reasons given for a hospital to be built on another site was that it could be opened a year sooner than one on the present site. The delays which have occurred since negate this reason. As Terry has stated, Harlow will no longer have it's own hospital, Epping will have two. I understand that the Trust has not even yet bought the site, a site which is partially on a flood plain, has a large gas main running through it and will have only one access road into it. A survey carried out by the Harlow Alliance Party saw two thirds of respondents saying they thought the hospital should remain on it's present site, instead of in a field just outside Harlow's boundary. Time to think again?
Remember the promises by the Conservatives regarding Harlow re-development - well so far, 1. no date for a new hospital, 2. no agreement on the Public Health England site being developed 3. no money for the regeneration of the Town Centre Playhouse Square. It's all beginning to look like Blah Blah Blah
Tony, whilst I can agree about your comment about the new hospital, many of us are hoping the Tories don't develop the Playhouse Square in the way that Labour put forward in it's bid to Government to regenerate the Town Centre, all part of a vision which will do nothing to attract more visitors to the town. We need a bolder vision, a much bigger theatre, a live music venue and exhibition centre in order to become a regional player when it comes to the arts and culture. Your Party gave yet another contract to resurface areas around Market Square before they left office last May, Labours years in power were littered with errors of judgement, the Tories have just picked up the same baton.