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Trust welcomes MP's support for new Harlow hospital

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has welcomed the support of Harlow MP Robert Halfon in its ambition for a new hospital, which he has raised in Parliament.

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The trust has been highlighting the need for a new build hospital to replace the 60s built infirmary, which currently serves a population of 350,000. Its efforts have received wholehearted support from the local MP. 

Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Halfon said: "I have worked to secure extra funding and more doctors and nurses for our hospital, and the new leadership team tirelessly do everything possible to improve performance. There is, however, only so much that can be done at the hospital as it stands.

"It is for those reasons that I am putting forward the case today for capital funding for a new health campus in Harlow, bringing together accident and emergency services, GP provision, social care, physiotherapy and a new ambulance hub, bringing health care in Harlow into the 21st Century.

"It is important to note that Maternity and Gynaecology was rated outstanding at the CQC inspection and, day in, day out, there is a huge amount of outstanding work ongoing by the hospital leadership, the hospital's Chief Executive, Lance McCarthy, and doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff to provide the very best care they can.

"The doctors, the nurses, the management team and support staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital work so hard every single day but their working lives are made so much harder by the hospital's deteriorating facilities."

Mr Halfon went on to outline proposals for the new site. He said: "The Health Campus would bring together all the services required to ensure health care in Harlow is fit for the 21st Century."

Mr Halfon concluded: "I have visited the Princess Alexandra Hospital many times. I defy the minister to find more professional and dedicated staff, doctors and nurses, working day and night to look after the people of Harlow and the surrounding area. I've seen incredible work in the A&E, intensive care and the maternity and children's units. That is why I know that the staff working in PAH are second to none. However, this professionalism and hard work will go to waste unless our hospital is fit for purpose."

The trust has been highlighting the need for a new build hospital to replace the 60s built infirmary, which currently serves a population of 350,000. Its efforts have received wholehearted support from the local MP.