Hospital rebuild plans: 'the Government needs to step in', says Labour parliamentary candidate for Watford Matt Turmaine

Matt Turmaine: Watford's mayor and MP 'should be pulling out all the stops'

Matt Turmaine: Watford's mayor and MP 'should be pulling out all the stops'

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

The Labour parliamentary candidate for Watford has called on the Government to intervene in plans to rebuild the town hospital.

Matt Turmaine said the worsening financial situation of the health trust in charge of Watford General Hospital meant plans for regeneration are slipping further away.

He said the town’s Conservative MP and Liberal Democrat elected mayor should "be pulling out all the stops" to secure Government cash for the scheme.

Mr Turmaine said: "If you need to go to hospital, you do. It’s wrong to saddle the Trust with an unmanageable budgetary position. That’s why the government needs to step in.

"Why are Richard Harrington and the Lib Dem Council not lobbying their pals in the coalition government to sort this out? "We all want a modernised hospital. They should be pulling out all the stops to get one."

The Chancellor George Osborne and Health secretary Jeremy Hunt have both said the government will not make a promise on funding until the plans for the new hospital are finalised.

Last week the Samantha Jones, the chief executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said the clinical strategy, which will set out how the hospital will be rebuilt as part of the health campus scheme, may not be revealed until after the General Election.

Mr Turmaine’s comments come after he met with Ms Jones to discuss the situation at the hospital.

He added: "When Labour was in power, the hospital got major investment, including a new emergency admissions unit. Since the coalition government came to power in 2010, local residents have been left wondering when they will see the modernisation of other facilities at our major hospital.

"I have met with Samantha Jones and applaud it for working hard to recruit more nurses, get patients through the hospital system and to plan its future requirements as part of its clinical strategic review," he stated.

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5:55pm Tue 28 Jan 14

steveherts says...

Next election will be the first time i will not vote tory. Harrington is nothing more than a waste of ink on the ballot paper and has been a waste of space. Watford deserves better and anyone is better than Harrington.
Next election will be the first time i will not vote tory. Harrington is nothing more than a waste of ink on the ballot paper and has been a waste of space. Watford deserves better and anyone is better than Harrington. steveherts
  • Score: 14

6:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Cuetip says...

Years ago the plans were for a new super hospital but it has now been swallowed, lost in a growing forest of homes and at the last count 700 with allotments being sacrificed.

I thought national taxes built hospitals.
Years ago the plans were for a new super hospital but it has now been swallowed, lost in a growing forest of homes and at the last count 700 with allotments being sacrificed. I thought national taxes built hospitals. Cuetip
  • Score: 1

12:29am Wed 29 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

I don't get it - Labour wanted to over-populate the country and throw all it's money away and they now wonder at the obvious results!
Not saying the Tories are much better as both of them have combined over the years to create quite a mess!

It's all about living within our means, running things with common sense and proper democracy..........T
hings these bozo's need reminding of!
I don't get it - Labour wanted to over-populate the country and throw all it's money away and they now wonder at the obvious results! Not saying the Tories are much better as both of them have combined over the years to create quite a mess! It's all about living within our means, running things with common sense and proper democracy..........T hings these bozo's need reminding of! G_Whiz
  • Score: 1

12:31am Wed 29 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

I don't get it - Labour wanted to over-populate the country and throw all it's money away and they now wonder at the obvious results!
Not saying the Tories are much better as both of them have combined over the years to create quite a mess!

It's all about living within our means, running things with common sense and proper democracy..........T
hings these bozo's need reminding of!
I don't get it - Labour wanted to over-populate the country and throw all it's money away and they now wonder at the obvious results! Not saying the Tories are much better as both of them have combined over the years to create quite a mess! It's all about living within our means, running things with common sense and proper democracy..........T hings these bozo's need reminding of! G_Whiz
  • Score: -2

7:27am Wed 29 Jan 14

dontknowynot says...

So the trusts finances are being criticized, funding has been held back, we have a MP who is a property developer and two party's that have passed the privatization of the NHS act.
I wouldn't be surprised if they paid a private company (and this co just happened to be hefty party donors) a shed load of OUR cash to take the trust of their hands and build a hospital which would be designed to take a mix of private and NHS patients.patients. Keerching
So the trusts finances are being criticized, funding has been held back, we have a MP who is a property developer and two party's that have passed the privatization of the NHS act. I wouldn't be surprised if they paid a private company (and this co just happened to be hefty party donors) a shed load of OUR cash to take the trust of their hands and build a hospital which would be designed to take a mix of private and NHS patients.patients. Keerching dontknowynot
  • Score: 8

10:57am Wed 29 Jan 14

Harry Caine says...

So when will Gideon tell us, exactly why can't someone on
£3 grand a week afford £5.77 extra income tax?
After all he seems to think that someone with an income of less than £500 a week can easily take a hit of up to £24 when it comes to his bedroom tax

Then there's Gideon's economic competence:,and all this stuff about unsustainable debt, the figures speak for themselves

National Debt 2010: £0.7 trillion
National Debt 2013: £1.16 trillion

Do the Maths - for those who cannot that's an increase of 62%
(Source: http://www.ukpublics
pending.co.uk/uk_nat
ional_debt_chart.htm
l)

No wonder we have someone whose day job was in PR running the country. Cammers certainly knows how to manipulate stuff and pull the wool over people's eyes

When the Tories tried to push through changes to constituency boundaries to gain them more seats, they lost 292 to 334

What this means is that there is a real anti-Tory majority in the Commons and the underlying reason we have a Tory-dominated government is simply that the Lie Dems choose to prop it up.
So when will Gideon tell us, exactly why can't someone on £3 grand a week afford £5.77 extra income tax? After all he seems to think that someone with an income of less than £500 a week can easily take a hit of up to £24 when it comes to his bedroom tax Then there's Gideon's economic competence:,and all this stuff about unsustainable debt, the figures speak for themselves National Debt 2010: £0.7 trillion National Debt 2013: £1.16 trillion Do the Maths - for those who cannot that's an increase of 62% (Source: http://www.ukpublics pending.co.uk/uk_nat ional_debt_chart.htm l) No wonder we have someone whose day job was in PR running the country. Cammers certainly knows how to manipulate stuff and pull the wool over people's eyes When the Tories tried to push through changes to constituency boundaries to gain them more seats, they lost 292 to 334 What this means is that there is a real anti-Tory majority in the Commons and the underlying reason we have a Tory-dominated government is simply that the Lie Dems choose to prop it up. Harry Caine
  • Score: 4

11:37am Wed 29 Jan 14

dontknowynot says...

Harry Caine wrote:
So when will Gideon tell us, exactly why can't someone on
£3 grand a week afford £5.77 extra income tax?
After all he seems to think that someone with an income of less than £500 a week can easily take a hit of up to £24 when it comes to his bedroom tax

Then there's Gideon's economic competence:,and all this stuff about unsustainable debt, the figures speak for themselves

National Debt 2010: £0.7 trillion
National Debt 2013: £1.16 trillion

Do the Maths - for those who cannot that's an increase of 62%
(Source: http://www.ukpublics

pending.co.uk/uk_nat

ional_debt_chart.htm

l)

No wonder we have someone whose day job was in PR running the country. Cammers certainly knows how to manipulate stuff and pull the wool over people's eyes

When the Tories tried to push through changes to constituency boundaries to gain them more seats, they lost 292 to 334

What this means is that there is a real anti-Tory majority in the Commons and the underlying reason we have a Tory-dominated government is simply that the Lie Dems choose to prop it up.
because some things are worth repeating
[quote][p][bold]Harry Caine[/bold] wrote: So when will Gideon tell us, exactly why can't someone on £3 grand a week afford £5.77 extra income tax? After all he seems to think that someone with an income of less than £500 a week can easily take a hit of up to £24 when it comes to his bedroom tax Then there's Gideon's economic competence:,and all this stuff about unsustainable debt, the figures speak for themselves National Debt 2010: £0.7 trillion National Debt 2013: £1.16 trillion Do the Maths - for those who cannot that's an increase of 62% (Source: http://www.ukpublics pending.co.uk/uk_nat ional_debt_chart.htm l) No wonder we have someone whose day job was in PR running the country. Cammers certainly knows how to manipulate stuff and pull the wool over people's eyes When the Tories tried to push through changes to constituency boundaries to gain them more seats, they lost 292 to 334 What this means is that there is a real anti-Tory majority in the Commons and the underlying reason we have a Tory-dominated government is simply that the Lie Dems choose to prop it up.[/p][/quote]because some things are worth repeating dontknowynot
  • Score: 2

1:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Andrew1963 says...

I dont understand why the Hospital Trust doesn't just sell of the huge and 80% empty Hemel general hospital site. It is the town centre and most of it is not being used. If sold It could generate a lot of money to build new facilities at watford and provide 800 - 1000 new homes, which would mean open space in crowded Watford - like the Farm Terrace allotments can be retained as a green lung for local people. It would also mean that the hospital trust can formulate its clinical strategy based on two sites Watford and St Albans.
I dont understand why the Hospital Trust doesn't just sell of the huge and 80% empty Hemel general hospital site. It is the town centre and most of it is not being used. If sold It could generate a lot of money to build new facilities at watford and provide 800 - 1000 new homes, which would mean open space in crowded Watford - like the Farm Terrace allotments can be retained as a green lung for local people. It would also mean that the hospital trust can formulate its clinical strategy based on two sites Watford and St Albans. Andrew1963
  • Score: 2

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