THE LATEST ON HOSPITAL PROVISION IN WEST HERTFORDSHIRE
Local health bosses are pushing for most investment in decrepit and crumbling Watford Hospital, a decision that will affect you, your children and your children’s children. They’ll do very little at St. Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead will just become a medical centre.
RESIDENTS HAVE HAD ENOUGH
Over the years, the West Herts Hospitals Trust (WHHT) and Herts Valleys Clinical
Commissioning Group (CCG), have consistently ignored the voices of thousands of
residents demanding robust and future-proof hospital provision across West Hertfordshire. In fact, there’s been no public consultation about this for many years.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH
The New Hospital Campaign is mounting a legal challenge to get them to put a
new A+E hospital on a clear site, that is easy to reach for everyone, back on the agenda.
UPDATE - 8th September 2020
The Trust’s proposed short-list consists only of options using the dysfunctional and inaccessible Vicarage Road site in west Watford. That list is based on a flawed and biased review of a small number of other sites, hand-picked by the Trust and rushed through. Our expert’s detailed technical appraisal shows that the review provides no rational basis at all for excluding from the short-list other options based on a clear, accessible central site. A new hospital on one of those sites could be built more quickly and at less cost and risk than building at Vicarage Road.
This is a crucial issue, because after short-listing only a tiny number of options are seriously and genuinely assessed, with millions of pounds of public money thrown at this exercise. The rest are simply dumped, with no proper consideration at all. That would be an outrageous betrayal of the people of West Hertfordshire.