Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, continued his campaign for more beds for Hereford County Hospital during today’s Prime Ministers Questions.
Mr Wiggin asked the Prime Minister:
“My Rt Hon Friend will be aware I have raised the issue of more beds for Hereford Hospital no fewer than twelve time over the years.
Can she now confirm that the funding is in place to deliver these much needed beds?”
The Prime Minister responded by saying:
“Can I say to my Hon Friend that I know he has been a consistent campaigner on this issue? We have announced over £3.9 billion of new additional capital funding for the NHS up to 2022-23. The majority of that is to support the implementation of the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Plans for local communities.
Major projects are under consideration across the country, we intend to announce one large-scale scheme the size of the Shrewsbury and Telford plan every year going forward based on high-quality plans, but coming forward from local NHS leaders. It is important that these plans are driven by the local NHS but they will ensure better care for patients.”
Speaking after the session, Bill Wiggin MP said:
“I was pleased to be able to press the Prime Minister on this ever important issue. I welcomed her reassurances and plans for local healthcare, but I remain determined to ensure we get the beds that Hereford Hospital so badly needs.
I will not stop campaigning for this as the problem has never ceased to be absolutely relevant, and I am hopeful that the money will be made available for us in Herefordshire.”