Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Following up on the petition that he and fellow Herts MPs presented to Parliament shortly before the General Election, Peter Lilley welcomed steps being taken to examine the feasibility of creating a Radiotherapy Facility at Lister Hospital. The aim of the petitions Stephen McPartland MP, Sir Oliver Heald MP and Peter organised, is to relieve constituents needing radiotherapy from having to make the lengthy journey to Mount Vernon.

    Peter said, “I am pursuing this campaign, as promised in my General Election campaign, and am delighted to hear that East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust are now working on it. I have been told that they have submitted information to NHS England to inform the national radiotherapy capacity planning process that is currently underway, as well as carrying out their own feasibility study to explore how such a facility might be provided at the Lister Hospital.

    “I understand that there might be additional financial requirements, should the Trust be commissioned to provide a satellite radiotherapy service, as the costs of running Mount Vernon would fall by less than the cost of running the new unit at the Lister Hospital. We wait to hear from NHS England as to how this project, which will lead to vital improvements in health services for our local community, might be financed.

    "Residents of Hitchin, Harpenden, Redbourn, Wheathampstead and the surrounding villages currently have to travel to Mount Vernon Hospital in Hillingdon to receive radiotherapy treatment. This journey is long and exacting and often has to be made on consecutive days. A satellite facility at Lister Hospital in Stevenage would make the journey for radiotherapy treatment much easier for many patients who live in the Hitchin and Harpenden Constituency."

    Peter handing in the petition