HARLOW Town Council has expressed ‘extreme concern’ over problems facing Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Council leader Jon Clempner, called on the government to urgently address building a new hospital. He told the Council earlier this month (November) that Princess Alexandra Hospital was struggling to cope with the amount of patients and that nurse vacancies currently stood at 25 per cent. He also revealed that the A & E Department was finding it difficult to meet the national four-hour standard.
A motion proposed by Coun Clempner stated that there was ‘extreme concern’ for the infrastructure needs of the hospital. The building was unable to accommodate patients in a manner appropriate for a modern health facility. Even water ingress and sewage egress were present in some vital areas.
Coun Clempner proposed that a business case be developed between the hospital trust, public and private sectors to build a new hospital. He claimed Princess Alexandra was a priority case to address current infrastructure problems.
Local MP, Robert Halfon, has supported plans for the new hospital. Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Halfon said: ‘I have worked to secure extra funding and more doctors and nurses for our hospital, and the new leadership team tirelessly do everything possible to improve performance. There is, however, only so much that can be done at the hospital as it stands.
‘It is for those reasons that I am putting forward the case today for capital funding for a new health campus in Harlow, bringing together Accident and Emergency services, GP provision, social care, physiotherapy and a new ambulance hub, bringing health care in Harlow into the 21st Century.’
The only category that was rated well by the Care Quality Commission during its inspection last year was the ‘caring of staff.’
Mr Halfon commented: ‘The doctors, the nurses, the management team and support staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital work so hard every single day but their working lives are made so much harder by the hospital’s deteriorating facilities.’