Labour commits to deliver a new Princess Alexandra Hospital for Harlow residents

Elections / Mon 3rd Jun 2024 at 12:52pm

LABOUR has committed to completing the plans to build a new Princess Alexandra Hospital if the party wins power. 

Princess Alexandra Hospital was part of the so-called ’40 new hospitals’ the Conservatives promised during the 2019 general election campaign. The New Hospitals Programme has since been beset by delays, and not a single new hospital has been built five years on. 

Despite Rishi Sunak’s promise on the first day of the election campaign that he would build the new hospital by 2030, contracts for the New Hospitals Programme put out to tender by the Government this year extend to 2035, revealing that the government are planning for a five-year delay.

Labour has set out its commitment to deliver the programme in full, confirming it would build a new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital. This is part of the party’s plan to get the NHS back on its feet and make it fit for the future. 

To cut record-long waiting lists, Labour will deliver 40,000 extra appointments a week at evenings and weekends, paid for by clamping down on tax dodgers and closing non-dom loopholes.

Wes Streeting, Shadow Health Secretary said:

“Rishi Sunak has promised voters he’ll build 40 new hospitals by 2030, despite his government planning to delay it for another five years. He is either lying to the public or doesn’t have the first clue what’s going on.

“Rishi Sunak failed to keep his promises to cut waiting lists or build a single new hospital. Given another five years in charge, he’ll fail again and waiting lists will hit 10 million. 

“Only Labour has a plan to deliver the change our NHS needs. We are committed to delivering the New Hospitals Programme, including Princess Alexandra Hospital. And we will cut NHS waiting times with 40,000 extra appointments a week at evenings and weekends, paid for by clamping down on tax dodgers and non-doms. We need doctors, not dodgers; nurses not non-doms.”

Chris Vince, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Harlow said: 

“There is no clearer sign of the damage the Conservatives have done to our NHS, than the crumbling hospital in which patients in Harlow are being treated. They have failed time and time again on their promise to build it before this election, and given another five years they will fail yet again.

“The rebuild of Princess Alexandra is long overdue. If I’m elected as MP for Harlow I will campaign day and night to get a new Princess Alexandra Hospital built, working with a Labour government to get this done as soon as possible.

“Every time a shadow minister, including Keir Starmer, has come to Harlow, I have been lobbying them for the new hospital Harlow need. It is reassuring that they have listened and that Labour has committed to building this hospital so our NHS is fit for the future.”  

“Only Labour can deliver the change the NHS needs.”

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17 Comments for Labour commits to deliver a new Princess Alexandra Hospital for Harlow residents:

2024-06-03 13:16:13

Promises that never materialise is all we seem to hear nowadays and people wonder why turnout is low.

Guy Flegman
2024-06-03 13:56:28

They rely on low turnout as it requires smaller numbers to get power and when only the diehard supporters vote it makes their lives easier. Why do you think they picked a summer election when a lot of people are on holiday! I have also noticed so far that when politicians turn up at towns they only appear before the faithful instead of say a shopping centre or more public location. To me it seems they do not want to engage with the larger public and do not even care that we know it.truly shameful

David Forman
2024-06-03 14:39:39

Will the new hospitals be built with Private Finance Initiative (PFI) money like the Tony Blair/Gordon Brown years? I wonder, because Parliament's Treasury Select Committee described PFI schemes as "poor value for money". See BBC article https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-14574059

David Forman
2024-06-03 14:45:03

Have Labour factored in the additional costs of expiring PFI projects? Parliament's Public Accounts Select Committee reported in March 2021: "The earliest contracts have expired and some 200 will expire in the next 10 years, accelerating from 2025 onwards. By minimising expenditure on maintenance in the final years of the contract, PFI investors can pay out higher dividends and walk away with limited threat of recourse. The Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) is aware of ‘difficult’ investors who are not sharing important information that authorities need to successfully manage the expiry process. Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee said: "We are about to see a wave of PFI contracts come to an end. These require careful and advance challenge to ensure that the asset is handed to its public sector owner in good order. These include schools and hospitals. The taxpayer could end up with a huge bill if PFI companies are not challenged and held to account." See https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/127/public-accounts-committee/news/152893/vital-public-services-including-schools-and-hospitals-face-serious-disruptions-as-private-finance-initiative-ends

David Forman
2024-06-03 15:14:20

Also, have Labour factored in the cost of existing backlog of hospital repairs? December 2023 figures: Maintenance backlog now £11.6bn, up 13.6% since 2021/22. More than half (54%) of repairs backlog relates to 'high or significant risk'. The 'high risk' backlog has increased by more than £550m to £2.36bn. See https://nhsproviders.org/news-blogs/news/billions-to-prop-up-creaking-nhs-estate-and-plug-mounting-repairs-backlog#:~:text=New%20figures%20showing%20how%20much,550m%20to%20%C2%A32.36bn

David Forman
2024-06-03 15:20:45

Let's ask Labour if it factored in the costs of repairing 42 hospitals affected by Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). See https://constructionmanagement.co.uk/costs-to-rectify-raac-hospitals-rapidly-rising/

Tony Wiseman
2024-06-03 16:02:33

Guy. School holidays for the UK, which is the time that most families take their holidays, don't start until 27 July so 3 weeks after the election.

Neil Warner-Baker
2024-06-03 16:10:29

I had hoped better from the Labour Party..It would be great if they update, improve and make our Present Hospital fit for the 21st Century but my suspicion is they will take the same route as the Conservatives...i.e. do a dirty deal with property developers to acquire the present Hospital, Ambulance and Fire Station Sites ...all of which sit in the centre of town and which will be privately sold off to the same ol' slum developers with plans to build 10's of thousands of houses/flats to outsiders with no link to our Town and only want a cheep commute to London. whereas The Hospital, Ambulance Service and Fire Station will be built outside our borders on the Greenbelt! That same land that the "Real" Labour party of 1940's/50's consensus period Promised....would never be built on.

Bob hope
2024-06-03 16:27:43

Haha, now this is funny, commit to deliver….yes see it to believe it. - How can they commit to anything? What makes them think they are going to get in? We’ve heard it all before, we promise this, we promise that! Sorry I’m not voting for you or the Conservative Party, we need a shake up a proper change, why not let another party have a go first!

Nick Gunning
2024-06-03 18:08:34

The tory plan needs to be dumped- a hospital out of town, off the public transport routes on land next to lots of motorway pollution, leasehold, no doubt from a local tory landowner. Far better to replace the prefabricated blocks with a new tower block, then replace the 50/ 60s buildings as finance allows. No PFI, just the normal processes for government projects. This is urgent, because the 'dead cat' 40 hospital proposal, a typical Johnson dodge, meant that real rebuilding and reform was replaced by lots of 'management' and 'planning' fund wasting

My Double Chin Contains Liquid and Dean Spencer is Trapped
2024-06-03 18:10:56

A nice new Hospital to be built in the edges of town where already there are huge traffic problems. Crash on M25 = congestion. No doubt this project will overrun on time and on budget an make the life of residents hell with all the added construction traffic. Not well thought out at all. In my opinion it’s mushroom cap slap fap dapp on leg brace chin gone mad how do you feel dad I bet your glad about your pad. Bloated potato peel are you real coz I wanna make a deal and buy some veal.

James LeVoi
2024-06-03 18:12:55

Doesn’t sound like a great proposal at all.

2024-06-03 18:52:20

At least with a poor value PFI you get a hospital and lives are saved - Give me that any day over the hundreds of Millions given in PPE contracts to the Tory Bra Queen for duff gowns & masks or the hundreds of Millions sent to the Rwandan supremo. The Tories are bent and the NHS is broken. This year, for the first time in the 41-year history of the British Social Attitudes survey less than a quarter of people are satisfied with the way the NHS is running. Satisfaction had previously peaked in 2010, when 7 out of 10 people reported being satisfied with the health service. When did this government come to power? - 2010???

Tony WIseman
2024-06-04 11:02:12

I think that we need to accept that not all of the problems facing the NHS are related to the buildings that it is run in. By this I mean that if you don't fix the many wide ranging administrative failures that we see daily and the fact that even within the same CQC computer systems do not talk to each other, the NHS will never improve. There are small European nations that have far more effective health care systems because they have joined up computer systems and administration. Wes Streeting has said that Labour will "take the best of the NHS and implement it in the rest of the NHS", and regardless of your political allegiance we have to hope that someday that will come true. Only time will tell if that will ever happen

Guy Flegman
2024-06-04 11:38:36

It’s a case of “ vote for me and I will make all your dreams come true” for all parties. No one will say the truth that is we are living beyond our means as a nation and unless she start working a bit harder together then things will get worse

2024-06-04 13:16:28

Mr Vince . If you are ear bashing Kier Stammer for new hospital , your speaking to the wrong person. Speak to the leader of the Labour party , Angela Rayner of course.

2024-06-04 21:04:34

Eddie did you actually belive Boris and his 40 brand new hospitals.. Wow

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