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Harlow to get brand new hospital after years of campaigning

Boris Johnson chats to staff at the Princess Alexandra Credit: ITV Anglia

Harlow is to get a brand new hospital to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra.

The announcement on the eve of the Conservative party conference comes just two days after Boris Johnson visited the Essex hospital.

Health Secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock said, as part of the Health Infrastructure Plan, 40 new hospitals would be built across England over the next decade.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust is one of six new hospital builds getting the full go-ahead today.

The news has been welcomed by local MP Rob Halfon who's campaigned for years to get the crumbling hospital replaced. He said he's thrilled by the announcement.

Robert Halfon says he's delighted by the announcement Credit: ITV Anglia

"This new hospital will transform healthcare for everyone in Harlow and all across West Essex. I’m so delighted that the hard work of our incredible NHS staff, right through from the porters, cleaners, ancillary staff, nurses and doctors, to the executive team, led by the brilliant Lance McCarthy, has finally paid off and we can start building a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital health campus in our town.

"For the rest of my life, I know that I will have played a major part in getting a new hospital for our town. I could not be happier."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow
The Princess Alexandra Hospital will be replaced by a new building Credit: ITV Anglia

The projects are being funded with a £2.7 billion cash injection of new money from the Treasury.

Also in the six projects named today is the West Hertfordshire Trust, which covers hospitals in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

The trust provides services for patients in Bedfordshire and East Hertfordshire too.

The government also announced a second round of funding which will see 21 hospital trusts share £100m to develop their plans for new buildings and expansions.

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth, Kettering General Hospital, Milton Keynes Hospital, and West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds are among them.

Addenbrooke's chief executive Roland Sinker said the money meant the trust could draw up its plans for its rebuild while it worked on securing full funding. He said he was hopeful work on the new building could begin as early as 2025.

The hospital wants to create a state-of-the-art site that will underpin its role at the centre of medical research in the UK.

"This is not only great news for patients in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough but also a huge opportunity for UK life sciences which are such an important driver of economic growth.

"With this announcement, we are uniquely poised to revoluntionise healthcase in hospitals, GP surgeries, the community and in homes. This is going to be a game-changer."

– Roland Sinker, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive

The new investment comes in addition to the £33.9 billion increase in cash funding for the day-to-day running of the NHS being delivered by the Government over the next five years.

“When I became Prime Minister, I promised to make sure that money for the NHS gets directly to the front line, so that patients consistently receive world-class care and NHS staff have the resources they need to provide this incredible service day in, day out. We’re already delivering on this, upgrading hospitals across the country. And today we’re investing more money to support our NHS. We’re providing additional funding for 40 new hospitals to be built over the next decade. This will transform our NHS for millions of patients and hard-working staff."

– Boris Johnson