St Albans MP calls for more investment at dilapidated Watford Hospital

Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital

Archant

A Health Minister has confirmed that because of its poor state, the acute hospital serving the St Albans district needs additional capital expenditure.

Anne Main, St Albans MPAnne Main, St Albans MP

Ben Gummer was responding to an urgent call from Anne Main, MP for St Albans, for more investment to be made in Watford General Hospital, which was rated inadequate after a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

In questions in the House of Commons, she asked Mr Gummer about what could be done about the hospital’s backlog of ongoing maintenance.

He agreed that more needed to be done and commented: “I went to Watford a few weeks ago, and the buildings are in a poor state of repair. They do not enable clinicians to provide the high standards of care that they all aspire to; in many cases, it is difficult to do so.

“West Herts Trust requires additional capital expenditure. I have talked with the trust about how it might realise that, and I am discussing that in the department at the moment.”

Mrs Main responded by saying she had written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after a series of closures to the adult minor injuries unit at the hospital.

She continued: “While I have welcomed recent additional resources in St Albans, many of my constituents still use Watford General and often complain to me about the state of the buildings.

“I will of course continue to make the case for more services in St Albans. In the meantime, if Watford needs additional resources to help with maintenance, and increase capacity in its A&E, then we must make that case.”

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Herts Advertiser