Robert Halfon MP: “There will be a new hospital for Harlow”

Health / Sun 12th Jun 2022 pm30 04:39pm

AS YH attended at the opening of a new junction 7a of the M11, we noticed Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Director of Strategy, Michael Meredith taking photographs of the little bit of green and pleasant land that he hopes, one day, will be a new hospital for Harlow.

Trouble is, there is a growing scepticism regarding whether this will ever happen.

Earlier in the week, Harlow MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons and referred to the Government confirming “the precise timeline for construction of Harlow’s new hospital will be announced soon”.

The Levelling Up Secretary, Michael Gove, confirmed that the detailed timeline for Harlow’s new hospital will be set out very soon.

He was responding to a question from Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, about the reference to Harlow’s new hospital in the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper.

Mr Halfon said that “one of the most exciting pages in the Levelling Up White Paper is page 238 which confirms the new hospital health campus for Harlow”. He praised the “wonderful staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital” but also stressed “how important this new hospital is because the current hospital building is not fit for purpose.”

The Secretary of State in fact commented that “page 238 was one of the most important pages” Harlow residents “will now get a state of the art, 20th century hospital, that they deserve.”

The reference in the White Paper 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”.

On Friday, YH spoke to Mr Halfon and asked him if he could understand the growing scepticism regarding the future of a new hospital.

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20 Comments for Robert Halfon MP: “There will be a new hospital for Harlow”:

Richard Moss
2022-06-12 17:03:08

That's not Harlow, it's Sheering. Not within walking distance and with no infrastructure in place. Hope there's lots of free parking.

2022-06-12 18:35:01

Richard. Harlow/Sheering is irrelevant, we just need a new hospital ! How many people living within the vast area that PAH currently serves now walk there ? Stop being pedantic

David Hughes
2022-06-12 18:37:56

Another tory fuck up that we pay for. Improve what we've got

David Hughes
2022-06-12 18:43:14

As for you Barry, what is needed is NHS staff that care. A building makes no difference

gary roberts
2022-06-12 19:08:41

Mr. Halfon really? A new hospital where? When? The other side of a motorway? I nearly smiled. He is trying the Boris Johnson trick of say it, then leave it to fester and come 2024 he will say look it is on this bit of paper. It matches the scribbled note back in 2010 that he uses so often. It is contemptible nonsense sadly!

Vote for me
2022-06-12 19:13:48

will now get a state of the art, 20th century hospital, that they deserve. I hope they mean a 21st century hospital! Or do they actually mean that Harlow residents only deserve to have a 20th century hospital, ie the one we already have

2022-06-12 19:32:36

If and when a new hospital appears, wherever that may be, it needs to be staffed correctly. Waiting times in A&E are getting beyond a joke, as far as I can tell normally down to not having enough staff to deal with the amount coming in. GP surgeries need to be doing more and seeing more also as this has a knock on effect. Hopefully things will get better…….

2022-06-12 19:53:28

This has been in the pipeline for bloody years, regardless how big it is or how state of the art it will be, unless you can recruit and retain staff which the NHS obviously can’t it’s a non runner, or maybe it’s a figment of imagination as I’ve heard planning permission yet to be granted. So keep on fobbing Us off with a new Hospital and the rejuvenation and investment you intend to make in the sad sorry town. forget votes and words need some effing action. .

2022-06-12 20:00:24

Mr Halfon NOT GOOD ENOUGH. You have not secured the land . Therefore it is NOT GUARANTEED, and given the assurances you are giving this means the owner has the negotiating upper hand .TORY FAIL. I wondered if the owner of the land is a Tory??? Incompetence again and again . You mention the word and assurance of your party leader. He has been shown to be a serial liar .. including to his own family … there is no, I repeat no value or honour, in his words. if he can cheat and lie to his family… and , as we know through party gate to the rest of country . How the DARE-YOU OFFER HIS WORD AS AN ASSURANCE to the people of Harlow you deluded foolish little man.

2022-06-13 08:15:24

Just what you don't want when trying recover when in hospital, being next to a really noisy motorway with the atmosphere filled with micro plastics. Just what staff, visitors, outpatients don't want a site remote from bus and train stations, difficult to get to and that's going to take 8 years to perhaps build. There's plenty of land on current PAH site to build, just shift parking into one of the already existing multi story car parks there already. They'll be plenty of space because no one can afford to use their cars anyway. A site in the hand is worth two in the Bush, especially when the Bush is in Sheering. In reality the mythical state of the Art hospital is just a sop, kicking the problems of the nhs down the road and the underfunded over stressed staff in the teeth.

2022-06-13 08:42:27

When the current PAH site has plenty of room for development sideways and upward, what's the point destroying perfectly good farmland and the local woodland at a time when productive farmland is needed more than ever? Might it be that property developers want to build / dump three 20 story blocks of rabbit hutch flats on the PAH site?

Inpatient patient
2022-06-13 08:49:31

Start to spend the money you say that's already there Messrs Halfon and Gove, on a site where the Government/ NHS already owns the land. Start today, on the current pah site!! It's a no brainer.

David Forman
2022-06-13 09:23:18

Large infrastructure projects do take time and building on a green field site makes a health & science campus that is so much more than just a hospital possible. Back in 2018 three PAH health professionals stood up and spoke in a Labour Party All-Members meeting to explain why a new hospital was a better option than attempting refurbishment of the existing one, but the far-left Momentum faction would not accept the advice of health professionals. Nor do Momentum listen to former Hertford & Stortford MP Mark Prisk who was a chartered surveyor before entering Parliament and who authored several pamphlets on urban design. So let the toy town revolutionaries, who know sweet FA about building technical services or the health profession, keep peddling their nonsense and instead get behind Robert Halfon to get a new hospital.

David Vincent
2022-06-13 09:47:04

The Levelling-Up White Paper on page 253 says Harlow will get: "a new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital". This is part of: "Building five new hospitals in the East of England as part of the Government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030." It is pity Robert Halfon got the page number wrong in his Twitter message! You can view the White Paper at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1052710/Delivering_for_all_parts_of_the_United_Kingdom_Hi-res.pdf

2022-06-13 17:06:37

It might just be me, but as the years have rolled by I feel the service in hospital has gone down as the building has improved. Maybe the money is being spent in the wrong place.

2022-06-13 17:09:34

Did someone just say”health and science campus”. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, my stomach hurts from laughing so much

Mike Andrews
2022-06-13 17:47:34

I must admit, if Mr Halfon says it will happen, it probably will never happen. All talk, no action.

2022-06-13 23:02:37

David just apply analysis by outcomes: hospital possibly in 8 years time, doesn't have a secured site, out of our town, destroying greenfield originally proposed to have a farm in the roof, poor access by public transport, put forward by a party that depends on donations from property developers and supports privatisation by stealth backed by a Mark who? once a chartered surveyor MP for a town that's being ruined by poor planning development decisions meanwhile we already have a hospital at the centre of the town, secure on site with stacks of room to develop, with good housing for staff nearby, very near the bus station and not far from the railway with an established staff that needs more resources and support. Development that could start tomorrow. Whichever political party you support all parties need to think rationally about the fastest, least complicated way of serving the town and think about using occum's razor.

Nicholas Taylor
2022-06-14 08:55:18

The thing you failed to mention Nostradamus is that it is easier to convince people of building a hospital on the Green Belt than for instance a 500 home housing estate. The present site is earmarked for over 500 homes, some in large flat blocks, built by property developers rather than used for social housing. Our Council whichever Party is in control, has failed the people of this town, they should be leading the call to keep the hospital in the town centre for the sake of those working there and those who use it. It must be easier to transition services from the old to the new hospital if built on the present site and build cost must surely be less than if moved elsewhere. At a time that our Government is taking action about this country's food security, it is madness to be destroying even more land used for food production.

Alan Leverett
2022-06-17 11:29:21

What has never been highlighted is the land they are negotiating to buy for a new hospital has a high pressure gas main running through the middle of it and over half the land is in a flood plain. Must reflect on price as housing developers would not want this site. No consultation with the patients about location. Apart from the travel problems does anyone who is ill and laying in a bed want to be laying right next to the noise and pollution of a motorway.???

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