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Sir Mike Penning MP

Update from

Parliament

We all know they haven ’ t considered all options . Apart from that , the new costing of £ 1.2 billion is frankly laughable and will certainly be looked on with incredulity by the Treasury if the Trust is brave enough to put it forward !
I will continue to fight the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust on this . The Trust continues to push for a rebuild of the existing hospital on the Vicarage Road site in the centre of Victorian Watford right next to the football ground .
So , after months and months of trying in the weekly MPs ’ ballot , I secured a question at Prime Minister ’ s Questions .
Of course , it had to be about the hospital .
I asked the Prime Minister , quite simply , if he would leave a note in the drawer of the Prime Minister ’ s desk in No . 10 for the new incumbent to say ; “ Penning needs a new hospital on a greenfield site !”
At the end of the Prime Minister ’ s Questions , I raised a Point of Order to set on formal record that the PM has been misled by the Trust when he has been told that the Trust has considered ‘ all options ’. This is simply not the case .
With so many senior staff changes at the Trust – the CEO , Deputy CEO and Director of Acute Redevelopment are all about to leave their posts – now is a good time to take the common sense approach .
We want a new hospital on a new site , accessible to all areas of West Hertfordshire . There are sites available , some with landowners on standby , and building on a new site would not inconvenience the work of the existing hospital .
Common sense must win out .
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