Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, expressed relief that the NHS consultation on the future of healthcare in Hertfordshire proposes keeping the Lister, but deplored the broken promise to build a super hospital for the County and the closure and downgrading of two of our four general hospitals and A&E units.
Peter said, “I am relieved that the local NHS Trust is proposing to keep full Accident and Emergency services at Lister Hospital. However it is deplorable the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn is to be downgraded without the promised new Superhospital at Hatfield being built. I shall be working throughout the consultation to ensure that there is no backsliding on the plan to keep the Lister at least a full general hospital. ”
“The proposals for a surgicentre and enhancement of the minor injuries unit to an urgent care centre at St. Albans are welcome. However, people living in Harpenden, Redbourn, Sandridge and Wheathampstead will resent the proposed closure of Hemel and downgrading of the QEII, as this will mean having to go to Watford despite the difficulty of access during rush hour and football matches.”
“It is extraordinary that after so much extra money has been spent on the NHS, Hertfordshire is to lose two of its four general hospitals and A&E units. My constituents will not be persuaded that having to travel further in emergencies is good for their health. The Government puts the blame on the European Working Time Directive, but seems to have done nothing to extend our exemption from this.”