Now bosses admit that new hospital for Harlow may not open until after 2030

Health / Fri 24th Nov 2023 at 07:21am

PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital has said a planned opening date of 2030 for a new facility may not be met – while revealing an artist’s impression of where it will be built near Harlow reports the Local Democracy Reporter.

Princess Alexandra Hospital currently plans to open its new hospital on the green belt adjacent to the M11 by the end of 2030 as part of a £20bn government pledge.

The new state-of-the-art is among 40 new hospitals to be built as part of the New Hospital Programme – based on the standardised Hospital 2.0 principle which is meant to deliver hospitals 25 per cent cheaper and 20 per cent quicker compared with traditional approaches.

However, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the design for a standardised hospital is delayed. There have been shortages of technical staff and it (the design)will not now be completed until May 2024.

Furthermore, the NAO finds that the “minimum viable product” version of Hospital 2.0, which is intended to achieve key objectives at the lowest possible cost, may result in hospitals that are too small.

It says this is because the new hospital programme is currently modelling hospital sizes using assumptions that may be unrealistic about the extent to which care in future will be provided outside of hospitals and about the transformational benefits of switching to wards with single rooms only.

Michael Meredith, director of strategy and estate for Princess Alexandra Hospital told the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board they predict a planning application to Epping Forest District Council by the end of the beginning of 2025 at the latest. But a target to open a new facility by 2030 comes with “risk”.

He said: “We are at the moment estimating a new hospital towards the end of 2030.

“Originally our opening date was 2025 driven by the Health Infrastructure Plan scheme, then 2028 and now it’s 2030.

“I do think there is some risk around that date waiting for the new hospital program to be aligned but that is our planned opening date.”

The government’s New Hospital Programme (NHP) has experienced delays and is expected to deliver 32 of the intended target of 40 new hospitals by 2030, according to a new National Audit Office report (NAO).

Gareth Davies, the head of the NAO said: “Delivery so far has been slower than expected, both on individual schemes and in developing the Hospital 2.0 template, which has delayed programme funding decisions.

“There are some important lessons to be drawn for major programmes from the experience of the New Hospital Programme so far. These include strengthening the business case process to improve confidence on affordability and delivery dates, and improving transparency for key decisions.”

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44 Comments for Now bosses admit that new hospital for Harlow may not open until after 2030:

Luke Burton
2023-11-24 07:45:02

Not a surprise. If it were to be done on or before 2030 then shovels would have needed to be in the ground about 3-years ago probably.

Cllr James Griggs
2023-11-24 07:48:07

Election after election Harlow’s MP has promised and boasted that he’s secured funding for a new hospital. Time and time again that claim has been proved to be nothing more than hot air. The new PAH should be under construction by now but Mr Halfon had failed Harlow yet again. It’s time for change, we need a general election now!

gary roberts
2023-11-24 08:32:37

Hold that front page: Mr. Halfon apologies to the residents' of Harlow! Do me a favour, not a chance. It was probably that note in the Treasury in 2010 he will say again that stopped a new hospital being built in Harlow. It will not even be in Harlow. Will you vote for him again next year?

Richard Adams
2023-11-24 08:38:02

There you have it, confirmation of what we always knew would happen. Either the Conservative government lied by promising something they knew they could not deliver or are so incompetent that they failed to deliver. Either way would you trust a conservative government again?

Michael Hardware
2023-11-24 08:39:05

James, before you launch into your usual negative rhetoric, trying to make political mileage out of this, perhaps try reading the article?

Guy Flegman
2023-11-24 08:51:53

I don’t think the proposed site is suitable. For a start it is not in Harlow. The land is proposed to be leased.There are no cycle track or pedestrian access anywhere near the site. There is no suitable electric, water or gas supply near the site. I have heard it will cost many millions to just to get electricity to site. Would it not be more expedient to keep the existing hospital and use the former glaxo site( which the government owns and has all services) to build an expansion to PAH. I am sure it would be more cost effective to do this even if they have to level the glaxo site first, and it would take less time. Public health England could then use the site at the M11 at their leisure.

Alderman Durcan
2023-11-24 09:17:25

The argument was made many years ago that due to design ,infrastructure and increase in activity the current site is not suitable.every minister and some prime minister have visited the site. All recorded by the MP team and telling us he has delivered a new PAH. Whist the team at PAH have worked miracles they are running out of options. We were told the MP had secured the money. The MP had told us he had secured the new site. The MP promised infrastructure would be in place. Now silence. No wonder no one trust anything any politician states. PAH deserve a fresh start and the election can’t come quick enough.

Kim Oconnor
2023-11-24 09:22:52

Michael Hardware, perhaps you should do more reading, and listening, still no answer from the Gilston post, is that because you know ,none,of it benifts Harlow.. As for the hospital, you all have been talking the talk, and quess what, you can fool the people most of the time, but not all the people all of the time.. God help us when your glorified unaffordable housing estates start, with no facilities what so ever. Doesn't bear thinking about..

Enough is enough
2023-11-24 09:31:47

OK... now it's time to stop flooding the area with all these unaffordable homes bringing more people into the area. At what point does it become manslaughter or murder when people die because over development has been allowed with no concern about healthcare facilities

Kim Oconnor
2023-11-24 09:48:00

Spot on, Enough. Just shocking.

2023-11-24 09:48:57

Quick? cheap build? : design 2.0 v standardized but lower spec!? Sounds like another problem like schools RAAC concrete or modular build (like FG College)! Disastrous and likely to be too small: ridiculous situation. PAH redevelopment could have been started yesterday, on the current site, there's enough land to build 16 story hi rise upwards there, especially if nearby multi story car parks are used clear the PAH site. This avoids all of the massive problems of using a green belt site out of town in Epping district.

2023-11-24 10:14:48

The artist's impression looks like it's appearing or disappearing into the mist: a bit like Brigadoon. A mythical place that only appears one day in every 100 years or in this case just ahead of General Elections!

Feeling hopeless
2023-11-24 10:35:43

If HGGT is allowed to carry on building on every inch of land they can get their sorry money grabbing hands on then it's 100% clear local parties don't give a sh1t about the health wellbeing of anyone. It's clear no one in power cares about people at all. I really don't know the solution to this they don't listen, just make up pie in the sky stories about plans to improve Harlow that never happen. The proposed arts and crafts Quarter is a kick in the teeth when the rest of the town is allowed to rot. It's filthy, run down and full of antisocial behaviour. I don't know who to vote for this election maybe we should all ruin our papers in a mass protest. No party represents the interests of Harlow people.

2023-11-24 10:42:21

I totally agree with Enough is enough and Novoman.

2023-11-24 10:53:16

Anyone taking bets on which will be first to be competed, The new hospital or the moving of PHE to the old Glaxo site,

Enough is enough
2023-11-24 10:55:31

Lol Pedro. If you bet on never for both you'll probably do well

2023-11-24 10:59:51

Halfon is a typical modern day Conservative. All promise and no delivery. General election now and kick the Tories out.

2023-11-24 11:23:25

Brilliant, my appointment is at 21:00.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-11-24 11:24:18

It must be very hard trotting out the Tory spin these days, the smoke and mirrors are finally disappearing and the electorate are seeing how inept this Government has become. This government allowed flat blocks to be converted to flats, often occupied by desperate people who had previously lived miles away, it bought the former GSK site with the promises of thousands of new jobs in the town but the site has been mothballed for years, the promise of a new hospital in 2025 has now trotted off until the next decade, it has allowed affordable housing numbers to be slashed by developers, it has agreed plans which will decimate the green belt and the Stort Valley and finally our Council are going to spend tens of millions of pounds on so called 'levelling up', much of which will be to re-pave areas and plant trees in the hope that cafes and bars will regenerate the town centre. It is time to stop all the proposed building plans for thousands of homes around Harlow, it is time that common sense replaced political dogma. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of Harlow Alliance.

Enough is enough
2023-11-24 11:33:43

Nicholas Taylor don't forget the plans to force the disabled and sick into suitable jobs that will obviously just materialise out of thin air too. Vile vile shower

2023-11-24 13:17:24

Shocked I tell thee shocked ! Say it ain't so. I wonder if there is now the power for Harlow council to block the Latton and Gilston developments given there is no date for when the new hospital will be built and a real risk that IF built, it maybe far too small for the current population let alone be the main hospital for thousands of additional new homes? Harlow council, you now have the information, you should be blocking ANY new developments until the health infrastructure is in place. Failure to do so will reflect on our council.

2023-11-24 13:23:15

Well, if the sick and infirm have the strength and ingenuity to get a hospital appointment and to find their way to this World Beating Hospital of the Future, then I can’t see why they have any excuse not to go out and get a job. I’m just looking forward to the next set of CGIs to give me hope of how things might be.

2023-11-24 13:24:45

Use AI to do the design.

2023-11-24 13:41:04

The poor maintenance staff at pah have their hands full trying to keep up with the failing plumbing, and other problems. The hospital leaks regularly.

David morton
2023-11-24 13:51:18

Well there's a surprise, talk about dangling the carrot, besides they can't staff the current hospital so how will they cope staffing a bigger one, more empty promises with no structure or foundation.

The Doctor
2023-11-24 13:53:46

The hospital won't be ready until 20208, according to the article. None of you will be here then, as it's thousands of years in the future. But I'm willing to take people forward in time with my TARDIS.

Nogin the nog
2023-11-24 13:54:38

This is shocking we need this new hospital ASP another broken promise from the Tories and mr halfon this is a disaster

Nicholas Taylor
2023-11-24 15:10:49

It is now time for the towns Councillors to stand up and be counted. The Council must surely withdraw their support for the building of thousands of homes around Harlow what with the reduction in affordable house numbers, the delays in getting a new hospital and the mothballing of the former GSK site, all parts of the jigsaw when creating Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

2023-11-24 15:13:04

This is a cluster F**K brought to you by political parties, and the public sector.

Tommy Rootsey
2023-11-24 16:05:17

As long as we get it,that's the main thing.

2023-11-24 17:09:23

Probably get the same company who f****d sfg school brown envelopes on a Friday down the pub they got the job

2023-11-24 17:13:00

Folk say its grim up north. Have these folk never been to Harlow. Its a dump and has been failed by All of those in power.

2023-11-24 17:43:36

Jasper - I grew up in a northern post industrial town, it is identical to Harlow in many ways. The hopelessness, desperation., failure by gov and local gov to attract business and employers. Look at other surrounding new towns like Stevenage which still has industry - why is Harlow any different apart from lack of vision and leadership

Tony F
2023-11-24 17:55:07

The stench of Tory bovine excreta is becoming overpowering now. For goodness sake give us something you're able to deliver,like a general election. Please !

2023-11-24 18:22:00

And how are people supposed to get to this wonderful new hospital IF it ever happens?

2023-11-24 20:12:52

I think you get to fanciful hospital, you'll need to get on the whimsical sustainable transport corridor from outside the old hospital.

2023-11-24 21:12:50

Tony Duncan: yet there's plenty of power for new housing on the PAH site and clusters of 16 story Hi rise flats and the new mass transit system from Hemel to Stansted via Harlow routed partially because PAH is where it is now. Think you were told porkies.

Alan Leverett
2023-11-24 22:02:52

As time marches on for a new hospital completion date (2030?). What will be the final cost.??? Design costs going up.. Cost of buying the land going up. Material costs going up. Build costs going up. Infrastructure costs going up Fit out costs going up. Will the overall cost be too much for government to meet????? Look what happened to HS2 Scheme!!!!! Perhaps a rethink may be necessary to get quality medical care for the existing and new patients in the catchment area of the Integrated Care Board Alan Leverett Deputy Leader Harlow Alliance Party

Nick Gunning
2023-11-24 22:23:05

I'll see if I can get this through this paper's censorship: This is one of the 40 "dead cat' pentecostal from Johnson and his allies. Even Staff appointed for a hospital that hasn't a viable site in a sensible location; motorway fumes are so good for nursing mothers, vulnerable lungers and medical staff exposed to them day in, day out, aren't they? Miles from infrastructure, transport and centre of population, but presumably handy for luxury developments. Mr H MP should be embarrassed into a period of silence!

Mr Derek Clark
2023-11-25 07:48:11

Listen to them, only a few years ago and they ALL dumped the Labour party like a sinking ship as it could not deliver and was cost us all big time, and now there back jumping up and down about the bunch of cretins who they think might do a better job, you need to look back and then you'll see it's the Conservative party that has always pulled this county out of the dustbin that the Labour party gets us in, just remember you lot ALL dumped the Labour party last time, your own party drowned in embarrassment. At least the Hospital will get built with bringing the county down to do it as is Labours way.

2023-11-25 08:20:17

Are you still trying to blame Labour? I think we can safely say the country is in the bin and who has been in power ?

John Milne
2023-11-25 09:17:12

I was appointed a consultant at PAH in 1983. I was categorically informed that I would be working in a new hospital by 1988. A few weeks prior to the start of building the project was cancelled. It is therefore no surprise to me that the same pattern has been repeated. The surprise is that people believed that forty new hospitals were going to be built. It was another Boris Johnson pipe dream remote from reality. Interestingly both promises to build only to be cancelled were made by Tory governments.

Jill Rainer
2023-11-25 09:52:38

This Hospital is not going to happen. It won't even be in Harlow . Nothing ever happens for Harlow not even kept nice only where they seem fit.(way in way out) the rest is beginning to look like fern hill & that includes the behaviour. Promise after promise that doesn't materialize. Let's face it Harlow is doomed it's a complete mess none of them know what the other is doing in this government they wouldn't even get it right with building anything with Lego as everything they touch or have big ideas for just crashes down. They waste money on stupid projects & the rest is all talk. When we the police they are not around but all can be sent for fern hill.....well way things are going for Harlow think they better start employing more police as the people of Harlow will only stand for so much before there is a huge RIOT. It is already a very dangerous place of behavioural problems. I remember when places you lived were a real community, the word community has now disappeared from Harlow. Government is full of b/s & the place looks like s..t

2023-11-25 11:16:52

Come the election. Kick them all out. They all have their fingers in the pie. They only want whats best for themselves or their mates. None of them know what it is like to worry about whether they can afford to shop or put money in their meter. A Prime minister trying to dodge tax , an ex Prime minister lying about social distancing. These people we are supposed to trust. If their lips are moving they must be telling lies

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