Issued: June 2, 2018
MP supports call for new Harlow hospital
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing is giving her support to calls for a new Harlow hospital saying a new facility providing various services in one location would "benefit everyone".
Mrs Laing is one of seven Essex MPs who have sent a joint letter, originated by Harlow MP Robert Halfon, to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The future of Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital will now be discussed in Parliament on Tuesday.
Mrs Laing said: "The hospital now serves a much wider area and a greater population then was originally planned when it was built so many years ago and we have to respond to the changing needs of our local community.
"Everyone will benefit from a health campus where different services are all brought together in one place."
The debate is part of Mr Halfon’s ongoing campaign for capital funding for a new hospital in Harlow.
The campaign is supported by key health organisations and a number of other MPs representing neighbouring constituencies.
The letter presses the need for a new hospital in Harlow.
Mr Halfon said: "Protecting Our NHS has been one of my priorities since becoming MP and this debate is an absolutely vital part of my campaign to ensure that healthcare in Harlow is fit for the 21st Century.
"Due to changes to NHS services in neighbouring towns, and Harlow’s growing population, the Princess Alexandra serves a huge number of patients.
"The failing infrastructure means that the hardworking staff are finding it increasingly difficult to care for residents of Harlow and the surrounding area.
"In our letter we made clear that there continues to be a vital and pressing need for the development of a new health campus in Harlow.
"During the debate I will raise this with Health Ministers and press for capital funding to make it a reality."