24 November 2021
Sir Mike Penning raises local hospital debate in Prime Minister's Questions

Sir Mike Penning calls on the Prime Minister to back a new hospital for west Hertfordshire and secures a meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Sir Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead) (Con)

The Prime Minister cheered all of my constituents up when he came to south-west Hertfordshire and said that we were going to have a new hospital. Sadly, even though the money is there, the local management of our trust have blocked it; they are going to refurbish Watford’s hospital and not give us a brand-new hospital on a greenfield site, which is what we want. Will the Prime Minister meet me and some of my constituents to unblock this and tell the NHS that it needs to build a new hospital for Hemel Hempstead?

The Prime Minister (Boris Johnson)

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend and I do remember the issue being raised with me when I was with him. I will be very happy to secure a meeting with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who I am sure will be able to unblock things, one way or the other.