The Prime Minister is sending a Minister to look into bed capacity at Hereford Hospital after being pressed by Bill Wiggin MP.

Following Bill Wiggin MP’s question during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday 3 December the Prime Minister has written to Bill Wiggin MP promising to send a Minister to visit the Hospital.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “This is fantastic news for Herefordshire and I am delighted the Prime Minister is sending a Health Minister to the Hospital. I hope it will be Dr Dan Poulter.

Hereford County Hospital needs more beds and needs the hutted wards to be replaced.

I have raised this issue at the highest level and I am very pleased the Prime Minister wants to help us.

Following the CQC report that placed the Hospital into special measures, Hereford County Hospital is getting the added attention it needs to achieve the improvements that had been identified.

However one aspect that has never been in doubt is the fantastic doctors and nurses we have looking after us all in Herefordshire.

With the added attention of the Prime Minister I am sure we will not have to wait for too long before our Hospital gets the extra beds it needs.”

The exchange in the House of Commons at PMQs was as follows:

Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire) (Con): Will my right hon. Friend meet me to help get more beds for Hereford hospital? Will he send a Minister to meet the magnificent staff and, possibly, Welsh patients who have acquired addresses in England so that they can access life-saving cancer care drugs that are not available under the Labour-run Welsh NHS?

The Prime Minister: I am sure my hon. Friend will welcome the £2 billion for the NHS in England, which the Chancellor announced at the weekend. That money will go directly to the front line. Obviously, we want to see continued improvements at the Hereford hospital. There are pressures from people from Wales crossing the border and wanting to use services in England. That is why it is so important that the Welsh NHS has the improvements that we have been talking about. As to meetings and visits to my hon. Friend’s hospital, I will look very carefully at what we can do to help.