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AS YH attended at the opening of a new junction 7a of the M11, we noticed Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Director of Strategy, Michael Meredith taking photographs of the little bit of green and pleasant land that he hopes, one day, will be a new hospital for Harlow.

Trouble is, there is a growing scepticism regarding whether this will ever happen.

Earlier in the week, Harlow MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons and referred to the Government confirming “the precise timeline for construction of Harlow’s new hospital will be announced soon”.

The Levelling Up Secretary, Michael Gove, confirmed that the detailed timeline for Harlow’s new hospital will be set out very soon.

He was responding to a question from Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, about the reference to Harlow’s new hospital in the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper.

Mr Halfon said that “one of the most exciting pages in the Leveling Up White Paper is page 238 which confirms the new hospital health campus for Harlow”. He praised the “wonderful staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital” but also stressed “how important this new hospital is because the current hospital building is not fit for purpose.”

The Secretary of State in fact commented that “page 238 was one of the most important pages” Harlow residents “will now get a state of the art, 20th century hospital, that they deserve.”

The reference in the White Paper was a stark contrast in language to other hospital projects such as “new hospital buildings at Watford General Hospital” and “the refurbishment of Hemel Hempstead”.

On Friday, YH spoke to Mr Halfon and asked him if he could understand the growing scepticism regarding the future of a new hospital.

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