Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, has today welcomed the ‘highly encouraging’ news that further progress has been made towards the replacement of the 1930s hutted wards at Hereford County Hospital.

Mr Wiggin was reacting to the announcement from Wye Valley NHS Trust that it has cleared another hurdle in its bid to demolish the 1930s hutted wards replace them with wards fit for 21st century healthcare.

Mr Wiggin commented:

“I have been looking for this extra investment in more beds since I was elected in 2001 and remember chasing Alun Milburn down Whitehall seeking extra beds (pictured). I have never given up.”

In 2014, Bill Wiggin MP addressed the issue with the former Prime Minster at PMQs, saying:

‘Nothing matters more to my constituents than their health. The increase in spending from the Government is welcome but our Hospital is full and we continue to need more beds. The failing PFI contracts and Care Quality Commission challenges facing the Hospital don’t alter the fact that we need to ensure there are enough beds available for those that need them.

I use the NHS and understand the need to build on the hard work and commitment of our fantastic staff. We have skilled consultants and we need to ensure that our old hutted wards are replaced with state of the art modern buildings with more capacity.

I visited the old wards recently and was deeply impressed by the teams delivering patient care. I want the Prime Minister to ensure that Hereford Hospital is now top of the list for future capital investment.’

Responding to the latest news, Bill Wiggin MP said:

“It is fantastic news that the removal of these hutted wards has moved one step closer. I have long been campaigning for these huts to be removed and replaced by modern facilities that will be of enormous benefit to patients and the brilliant staff at the County Hospital.

I fully support the Wye Valley Trust’s timely plans that will provide extra beds and enable the staff to give patients the best possible care. These plans will cement the excellent progress made by Hereford Hospital, which was removed from special measures in November 2016.”