Update from Sir Mike Penning MP – A new Hospital?

So, after months and months of trying in the weekly MPs’ ballot, I secured a question at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Of course, it had to be about the hospital.

I asked the Prime Minister, quite simply, if he would leave a note in the drawer of the Prime Minister’s desk in No. 10 for the new incumbent to say; “Penning needs a new hospital on a greenfield site!”

At the end of the Prime Minister’s Questions, I raised a Point of Order to set on formal record that the PM has been misled by the Trust when he has been told that the Trust has considered ‘all options’. This is simply not the case.

We all know they haven’t considered all options. Apart from that, the new costing of £1.2 billion is frankly laughable and will certainly be looked on with incredulity by the Treasury if the Trust is brave enough to put it forward!

I will continue to fight the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust on this. The Trust continues to push for a rebuild of the existing hospital on the Vicarage Road site in the centre of Victorian Watford right next to the football ground.

With so many senior staff changes at the Trust – the CEO, Deputy CEO and Director of Acute Redevelopment are all about to leave their posts – now is a good time to take the common sense approach.

We want a new hospital on a new site, accessible to all areas of West Hertfordshire. There are sites available, some with landowners on standby, and building on a new site would not inconvenience the work of the existing hospital.

Common sense must win out.

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