Over the border: Stortford MP welcomes announcement over new hospital
Health / Thu 25th May 2023 at 01:50pm
MP for Hertford and Stortford, Julie Marson, welcomes hundreds of millions in government funding for a new Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The hospital in Harlow serves Ms Marson’s constituents across Hertford and Stortford as a major local and regional healthcare hub.
Funding for its new state-of-the-art rebuild was confirmed by the Government today as part of a £20 billion package for NHS hospitals in England. The Government’s New Hospital Programme (NHP) will build 40 new hospitals across England by 2030, delivering on their manifesto commitment.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital will be rebuilt using a standardised hospital blueprint, whilst also making sure it is tailored to local needs. This ensures value for the taxpayer and that work on the hospital can begin as soon as 2025, ready for its completion in 2028.
The local NHS’s preferred way forward is for a new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital on a greenfield site adjacent to the new M11 7A junction.
The new space will enable staff to provide the best possible care and transform outcomes for local patients for years to come.
Earlier this year, Ms Marson also welcomed a new Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) to Bishop’s Stortford at Herts and Essex Hospital offering life-saving diagnostic and treatment services for the area.
Commenting, Ms Marson said:
“I am delighted we will get a new Princess Alexandra Hospital. This is huge news for people across Hertford and Stortford who rely on its vital services.
“I have pushed the Government to deliver on this promise since my election as MP and I am thrilled to share this fantastic result today.
“Alongside the new CDC in Bishop’s Stortford, constituents will have better access to a range of new and improved healthcare, right on their doorsteps. I look forward to supporting the new hospital’s progress every step of the way.”
Whenever or wherever the New PAH HOSPITAL IS FINALLY BUILT, I really really do hope that an effective and efficient public transport system to and from the New PAH HOSPITAL has been planned as well and to be an everyday service as many many people of Harlow cannot afford taxi fares, and please make it a regular service from Harlow Town Centre not just from Church Langley once a regular everyday bus service to include acceptance of bus passes free of charge.
Why pay for a new site that's out of town and less accessible from the East with poor access from the East? Plus this stretch of M11 is well known to suffer total blocks due to inclement weather and accidents. Move the parking at PAH into a multi story and there's plenty of space for a high rise hospital modelled on the top rated St George's in South London to start immediately. Harlow is not in the short list for immediate action according to BBC 6 oclock news today. The site in Harlow town centre is near the current and revamped bus station and the rail station and already written in to the new Herts Harlow Stansted transport plan. M11 j7a would need a new park and ride and bus station in addition to the cost of the hospital. Doesn't make sense to move PAH out of town.
I think 4 years is long enough to wait for new hospital, plans should be signed and sealed by now. But I all so think its a mistake to move this from Harlow. I feel an election coming on.