Grant Shapps demands better transport links to health services

PUBLISHED: 11:32 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 30 April 2018

Grant Shapps has written to East and North Herts NHS Trust chief executive Nick Carver. Picture: Mr Shapps' office.

Grant Shapps has written to East and North Herts NHS Trust chief executive Nick Carver. Picture: Mr Shapps' office.

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Welwyn Hatfield’s MP has written to health chiefs demanding more be done to improve transport links to health services.

Grant Shapps has asked East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, to gather the relevant people to discuss what can be done to improve transport options.

He said: “Over the years we’ve seen a steady stream of services moved out of Welwyn Hatfield to areas such as Stevenage.

“One major problem with this is the distance between residents accessing healthcare services that they need and the difficulty in commuting there.

“Ultimately, I believe it’s vital that these services are returned to Welwyn Hatfield, but in the meantime I think more must be done to provide better transport.”

It comes as part of Mr Shapps’ Make Healthcare Local campaign, launched earlier this year, which aims to bring back several services that are no longer provided in Welwyn Hatfield.

A trust spokesman said: “The trust confirms that Mr Shapps’ letter has been received and a response will be sent to him over the next few days.”


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