Chase Farm Hospital debate

Charles condemns Chase Farm consultations for ignoring Hertfordshire residents who now face reduced services at both Chase Farm and QE2.

Mr. Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): Would my hon. Friend agree that the various consultations seem to have ignored the fact that approximately 150,000 people in Hertfordshire use Chase Farm A and E and other Chase Farm services? My constituents now face not only the prospect of a reduced service at Chase Farm, but also reduced services at the QE2, so their nearest A and E will be the Lister, which is approximately 30 miles away and can take an hour and a quarter to get to in the rush hour, if not longer.

Mr. Burrowes
: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Yesterday I was talking to an ambulance man who raised a similar concern about the travel time to neighbouring hospitals, with the loss of accident and emergency services. My hon. Friend has been a doughty campaigner on behalf of his constituents and I pay tribute to him, as well as to his 16,423 constituents who signed the petition that was delivered to No. 10 and the House of Commons. That petition was ignored, along with the concerns of Enfield residents. That is summed up by one campaigner, who said that the recent comments made in the House by the Minister who will respond to the debate today have raised acute concerns that the interests of Enfield and neighbouring constituencies have not been properly considered and, indeed, that those concerns have been treated with contempt.

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