Government’s Levelling-Up paper re-affirms commitment to new high tech hospital for Harlow

Health / Wed 2nd Feb 2022 at 05:23pm

“A new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow” will be built as part of Government’s Levelling Up plans

THE Government has today made a detailed announcement about Harlow’s new hospital as part of their “Levelling Up White Paper”. The announcement states that “a new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow” will be built. The White Paper also confirmed the £23.7 million Harlow Town Deal to kickstart key regeneration projects.

Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, campaigned for many years to secure a new Harlow hospital. He led five parliamentary debates, tabled eleven parliamentary motions, asked more than forty questions, held dozens of meetings with Ministers and welcomed the Health Secretary and Prime Minister to Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2019. Shortly after the visit, the Prime Minister announced that Mr Halfon’s passionate campaign had been successful and that he had secured a new Harlow hospital. Mr Halfon’s campaign was described by one former Health Minister as “a record in the House of Commons”.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust have drawn up detailed plans for the new hospital campus and the Government’s announcement today has committed to delivering that new “integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital”.

This was a stark contrast in language to other hospital projects such as “new hospital buildings at Watford General Hospital” and “the refurbishment of Hemel Hempstead”. 

Commenting on the announcement, Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon said: “This is fantastic news for our town. I worked hard for many years in Parliament to secure a new hospital for our town which the Prime Minister announced in 2019. The Levelling Up White Paper announced today makes clear that this will be “a new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus” which will bring healthcare in Harlow into the twenty first century.

With the move of the UK Health Security Agency, the world-leading businesses located in our Enterprise Zone and a new high-tech healthcare campus, Harlow is fast becoming the public health science capital of Europe. 

“I have nothing but huge admiration for every member of staff who works at PAH: the consultants, doctors, nurses, midwives, porters, cleaners, admin and ancillary staff who work tirelessly to care for our town. I am so pleased that their endless hard work has paid off and we will see a state-of-the-art hospital health campus in our town to support their work.

“I will continue to work hard to drive this development forward and to ensure that Harlow’s new hospital campus delivers exactly what is needed for our town.”

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12 Comments for Government’s Levelling-Up paper re-affirms commitment to new high tech hospital for Harlow:

Peter Henegan
2022-02-02 18:12:43

Isn't this just a regurgitation of previous announcements. Robert says "I will work hard to drive this development forward". That sounds to me like it isn't actually a done deal. And will Harlow town be getting a new hospital or one located nearby. Or will Harlow be extended to junction 7a so that the hospital, if built there, will be in the town

gary roberts
2022-02-02 18:30:49

So the town will be getting a "new" or "newish" hospital: When and Where? What is the cost? No substance just warm words and the old BS about how Labour left a note in the Treasury back in 2010: Is that why the hospital has not been built yet? If so then add that statement to the BS, lies and deceit of this government. Pathetic garbage and anger doesn't come close to the language I would use in other circumstances!

David Forman
2022-02-02 18:55:35

Gary Roberts did not read the article properly. He says "the town will be getting a "new" or "newish" hospital." Actually, the article refers to new buildings at Watford and refurbishment at Hemel Hempstead. Government and Halfon says we will get "a new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow." I understand people's cynicism, but only a halfwit or a member of Momentum could twist this news story to say we are get anything less than a new hospital.

2022-02-02 18:57:03

This was announced on Oct 2019. Then announced again in Oct 2020. Delays were announced on Oct 2021. And now it is announced again. Only the Tories would defund the NHS and other public services fot 10 years based on an obvious joke on a postit note, and then claim that announcing the same thing 3 or 4 times is a good thing. They really are treating the public with contempt. This "announcement" hasn't drowned out the current PM's self-inflicted problems. If RH is really against the NI rise (which he voted for) and really appalled at the current PM's antics, will RH be calling for Alex to resign?

Robert White
2022-02-02 19:05:15

Maybe they can fix all the pot holes first so the ambulances can get through.... and fix the street lights so they can see where they are going... and maybe clean the streets to stop harlow looking like a shite hole

Jawad Sharief
2022-02-02 19:27:44

Excellence attracts excellence. Thank you Robert halfon for your hard work.

Keith Sullivan
2022-02-02 21:39:31

I think we would have a much better chance if Boris stated "There is no new hospital for Harlow and I have definitely never attended it". Then we could just add his statement to all the other Conservative lies and be optimistic.

gary roberts
2022-02-03 08:12:42

Mr. Forman isn't "A new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus" a new hospital? Hasn't Mr. Halfon claimed Harlow will get a new hospital? And then Mr. Forman reverts to insults. Sadly, it demeans and devalued his point to the level of irrelevance.

2022-02-03 10:44:25

It would be better to modernise the existing hospital rather than build a new one in the middle of nowhere which is only accessible in an ambulance. Perhaps some of the Wych Elm lands could have been used rather than building overpriced rabbit hutches which will no doubt mostly be buy to let. But it's nice to see the town is still full of the same old commies relentlessly bashing the tories while subsequent Labour councils have allowed the town to fall into disrepair.

2022-02-04 00:56:20

You must remember Ian that it was a Labour Council that thought giant flowerpots in the market Square was a genius idea

Pat Roberts
2022-02-04 08:01:34

When, where, has a site been bought/def been earmarked??? Is a planning app been prepared and about to be submitted? Can we have some facts please.

2022-02-04 14:04:18

I'd be happy if I could get through to my GP surgery, not have to wait for weeks to see a different another new doctor each time and get referred for treatment at hospital without being put at the end of an infinite waiting list. Nothing high tec about that and they can't even do that. Contrasts strongly with daughters experience in Cambridge: so is it an Essex or Harlow failed system?

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