District Council Labour Group leader Malachy Pakenham says “After many years of seeing services eroded at our City Hospital – including the loss of step-down wards recently – it’s good news to hear that the hospital trust is recognising its vital importance to our district, and is preparing to invest significantly in an upgrade.’”
St Albans Labour Party has campaigned consistently to support the retention of significant hospital services at St Albans. We recognised the desperate need to improve the buildings on all three sites in West Hertfordshire and none of us wanted to miss the opportunity for funds from NHS England to do that. St Albans Labour party members have supported the three site option at all the public consultation meetings since. We set up an online petition, and Cllrs Roma Mills and Malachy Pakenham proposed a motion based on our views which was accepted by the whole council on 20th February.
We wholeheartedly support the decision of the boards of the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group and West Herts Hospital to pursue the three site option which, as well as improvements in St Albans, means a new women and children’s services block for Watford, the hospital where St Albans families access maternity and post natal inpatient services.