‘Misleading and very badly flawed’ - Patients take aim at hospital claims

Hemel Hempstead Hospital buildings PNL-161101-172544009

Hemel Hempstead Hospital buildings PNL-161101-172544009

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Patients have launched a broadside at NHS bosses, after West Herts Hospitals Trust produced a series of claims which they describe as “seriously misleading”.

Last week the trust produced a new document outlining why they want to reduce services at Hemel Hempstead Hospital and concentrate on refurbishing Watford. But patients have been campaigning to have a new hospital built on green belt land near Kings Langley.

communities. Contrary to the trust’s assertions, the key factors of time and money are all decisively in favour of that plan.The trust’s current plan is simply unworkable.”

A spokesman for the hospitals said: “The trust has used industry experts to provide costings and we have no reason to doubt these figures.

“In terms of timescale, building on a land in the greenbelt is significantly more complex than building on a site that is already used as a hospital and that is why we are supporting the option to radically redevelop the site in Watford.”