Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, gave evidence on Thursday 10th January to the Panel reviewing the decision to close maternity services at Hemel Hempstead Hospital. He called on the review to “publish a clear programme of measures necessary to restore safe, high quality maternity and children?s services at Hemel or St Albans.?
After giving his submission to the review committee, Peter Lilley said:
“I was pleased that the Panel said that since the planned move is supposed to be temporary they recognised the importance of setting out a timetable for returning services to Hemel Hempstead. However, I was concerned when they subsequently raised the possibility that if the move to Watford resulted in better health outcomes, this might reconcile people towards a permanent change. I emphasised that we needed to ensure equally good treatment is available at Hemel or St Albans since lengthy journeys could themselves put health at risk.
“We discussed the long-term issues arising from the review of Acute Services in Hertfordshire. I explained that, in my view, the ideal outcome would be a new specialist hospital on a site accessible to Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Watford.