New Hospital Campaigners are asking residents in Dacorum and St. Albans to be wary of the latest survey issued by West Herts Hospital Trust.
The leading questions are worded in a way that suggests to residents of both areas, that they are going to receive a significant investment to upgrade both Hemel and St. Albans City hospital. But the answers to these questions will be used to prop up the case for re-development at the Watford General site.
A NHC representative commented "Everything is being sold to give a completely different impression. For example question 4 on the first page includes this statement: "Each of the three hospitals specialise in a specific healthcare area, allowing expert staff to work better together on one site, and allowing patients to access the best staff, technologies and treatments for their need".
That sounds great but most people filling in the survey won't realise the crucial background about the funding intention because it is not being provided. People are being deceived. "
The planned funding split is roughly 92% for Watford General
and JUST 8% to be divided between St Albans and Hemel hospitals.
This is something that is not mentioned on this survey and NHC want residents to know this before completing answers.
The New Hospital Campaigners say that residents want that 92% of funding to go to a brand new 'state of the art A&E hospital, on a clear, central site in west Hertfordshire.
THAT WOULD BE FAR BETTER FOR EVERYBODY, FINISHED SOONER
AND BETTER VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYER
After all, it's part of the national 'New Hospital Programme'.
NHC are encouraging residents to complete the survey and tell the trust what you think, as well as your local MP and County Councillor candidates.
We would also like to hear from concerned residents about your views and if you have any questions related to the funding of hospital re-development plans.
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