The Government has announced a new fully-funded Watford General Hospital and improvement works into the Hemel and St Albans sites.
I stood on a manifesto commitment to secure a hospital for Watford fit for the 21st century. This news will transform healthcare for local residents and ensure our fantastic NHS staff and volunteers will work in world-class facilities.
I make no apologies for endlessly badgering the Health Secretary, the Chancellor, and the Prime Minister for this funding. I have welcomed five Government Ministers to Watford General, held endless conversations with Ministers and local NHS senior leadership, written several letters and ensured Watford is consistently heard in the House of Commons Chamber to ensure Watford is at the top of the New Hospital Programme.
To date, Watford General Hospital has received more than £51 million from the programme for enabling works along with an additional £11.5 million for the reconfiguration of pathology on all three sites.
This announcement confirms that the government is on track to deliver its manifesto commitment to build 40 new hospitals in England by 2030. The biggest hospital building programme in a generation will deliver world-class healthcare services, backed by over £20 billion of investment.
I want to hear the views of Watford residents about their experiences with local healthcare services and what they think of the recent announcement. Let me know your thoughts below!