Bill Wiggin MP said: “The awarding of this contract to Kier is tremendous news.
Indeed I spoke with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, about Hereford Hospital earlier today.
Before the election and then during the election campaign I called for the replacement of the hutted wards and increasing bed capacity at Hereford Hospital.
I am delighted to learn that this contract has been awarded and progress is being made on these ambitions.
We cannot go on pretending the catchment area for our Hospital is too small when in recent months our Hospital has been too full.
We need 21st century facilities for our excellent doctors and nurses to work in and this contract award is a step in the right direction.”
Bill Wiggin MP raised this matter with the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday 3 December last year.
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.
Kier awarded £40m+ Hereford healthcare programme
Kier, the integrated property, residential, construction and services group, has been appointed Principal Supply Chain Partner to deliver a programme of reconfiguration works at Hereford County Hospital for the Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT), valued at more than £40m.
Procured under the P21+ healthcare framework, the partnership with Kier will support the Trust’s clinical services strategy by increasing capacity at the hospital, improving patient experience, and creating greater flexibility of the site in order to enable future development and provide a wider range of treatments and procedures.
Key focuses of the reconfiguration, which will be delivered in phases, include replacing the 75-year-old ‘Canadian Huts’, which were constructed as temporary additional accommodation during World War Two and are currently used as inpatient wards and relocating both the endoscopy and day surgery facilities.
Proposals also comprise building a new intensive care unit and outpatient theatres.
Kier framework manager, Robbie Blackhurst, commented: “We are delighted to have been selected as Principal Supply Chain Partner for this important programme in Hereford. By making better use of space we will help the Trust improve patient experience and quality of care, and provide WYT employees with a fit for purpose environment in which to deliver modern, sustainable healthcare.
“We have extensive experience in the delivery of healthcare schemes, having been awarded more than 50 projects through the P21+ framework over the past four years, and we are now working collaboratively with the Trust to ensure we develop the best solutions for patients.”
Richard Beeken, chief executive at the Trust, said: “This is a landmark moment for Hereford County Hospital.
“It is the key stage of a programme of work which will increase our capacity to cope better with the pressures we are experiencing and will certainly give our patients a better experience while in our care.
“We have ambitious plans for the site, and while we are still at an early stage, this appointment demonstrates our clear commitment to deliver safe and effective care in modern and efficient surroundings.
“We’re delighted to welcome Kier as our partner in this venture. The company has a wealth of experience and knowledge and the appointment will bring huge benefits to local people.”