Jeremy Hunt publicly admitted that Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow is in a very bad state. The hospital was put into special measures after a Care Quality Commission rated it ‘inadequate” in October.
Following a visit to the hospital during the 2017 General Election Campaign Mr Hunt said ‘ I have seen for myself the need for a new hospital. I recognise it is in a very bad state which we need to do something about. This will be a high priority for a future Conservative government if we win on June 8th. I think it needs to happen sooner rather than later’
Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for the town since 2010 has campaigned tirelessly for Harlow hospital and received praise from Mr Hunt for his dedication. Robert Halfon said ‘One of my top priorities for Harlow is protecting our NHS. I’ve worked hard to secure extra funding and more doctors and nurses for our hospital.
Since 2010, Harlow hospital has had 27 more doctors and 35 more nurses. Our A&E saw 10,628 more people in under four hours last year than it did in 2009/2010.
I’ve also managed to secure a 6.32% funding increase for West Essex CCG for our doctor’s surgeries and, over the next three years, Essex will receive £49.9 million of additional Government funding for care.
I’ve made sure our NHS in Harlow is a top priority for the government and have had many meetings with the Health Secretary and the Hospitals Minister, both of whom have visited our hospital a number of times.
As well as more funding, I’ve also been working hard to campaign for a new hospital that is fit for the 21st century. This is something I will keep campaigning hard for if I am re-elected on 8 June.”
Mr Halfon made a statement following the CQC report last Autumn highlighting the main issues facing the hospital which stress the issue the hospital faces.
Earlier this year the outgoing Chief Executive of the hospital. Phil Morley gave a very direct presentation to Essex County Council. He said that amongst the problems there was raw sewage coming through the floors and water dripping through the roof of operating theatres. They saw 110.000 patients a year in a system built for 60.000 and were dealing with an ageing population with nowhere to move them.
It was his third visit to Princess Alexandra Hospital and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said The staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital are working incredibly hard and doing an amazing job, but I saw myself how their working lives are made so much harder by the ageing facilities at the Hospital.
I heard today from Robert Halfon and the hospital leadership about the exciting proposals which are coming together to invest capital in upgrading these facilities, including the option of a brand-new hospital.’