Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has forced Parliament to hold a debate on Wednesday 10th December on the temporary closure of maternity services at Hemel Hempstead Hospital. He will lead a thirty minute debate in Parliament to discuss the reasons behind the transfer of services to Watford and the implications for the local community.
After hearing that he had secured the debate, Peter Lilley said:
“I am glad that we now have an opportunity to discuss the impending transfer of services to Watford before Lord Hunt?s review begins in January. Last week I discovered that the review team will not make its recommendations until 18th January ? making it highly unlikely that the transfer (due to be completed by 4th February) will be stopped.
“I will use the debate to raise the intense concern felt by many about the closure and to put on record our detailed worries. I shall also set down proposals for the short, medium and long-term provision of maternity services in West Hertfordshire.
“In the short-term I accept that change may be necessary and that safety concerns must be addressed. In the medium-term, I shall demand that Ministers pledge to return maternity services to Hemel or St Albans. In the longer-term, I shall argue that this strengthens the case for a superhospital to serve St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Watford.?