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ON HOLD AGAIN: Planned redevelopment of hospital “paused”

 Published on: 14th December 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans for a major redevelopment of Watford General Hospital haven been “paused” by national health chiefs.

The West Herts Hospital Trust (WHHT) will also “stand down” all advisory support connected with the scheme by the end of the month.

They say further use of the support, which included architects, could only continue with further confirmation of its business case.

This is despite £400m being pledged towards the development by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson back in November 2019.

Under the current plans, Watford General’s Vicarage Road site would be completely reinvigorated, with three 18-storey blocks as part of the new buildings.

Despite this pledge from the PM, and the fact the hospital is part of many hoping to receive funding from the government’s New Hospital Programme (NHP), no decisions have been made yet.

The current update was outlined in a report presented to the trust last week.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said “It is deeply concerning to hear that plans to redevelop Watford General Hospital have been paused by the government.

“Staff, patients and volunteers deserve improved facilities at Watford General that we have been promised for so long. I know that many of us will be angry and worried by these delays.

“The government need to get this programme moving again by delivering the funding we need and ensuring the redevelopment of Watford General takes place as planned.”

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