Potters Bar Community Hospital's future 'secure', local MP claims

PUBLISHED: 13:48 13 October 2017

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden with representatives of Herts Valleys CCG. Picture credit: Oliver Dowden's office.

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden with representatives of Herts Valleys CCG. Picture credit: Oliver Dowden's office.

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Hertsmere's MP said he has received assurances that Potters Bar Community Hospital's future is secure despite a string of service cuts.

Potters Bar’s Conservative MP Oliver Dowden met with Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group representatives following fears that recent service cuts were steps towards the hospital’s eventual closure.

•Potters Bar hospital fears as figures show five services cut in a year

He said: “I know many of my constituents were deeply concerned about Potters Bar Community Hospital. That’s why I believed it was important to convene this meeting as soon as possible with the CCG to get clarity from them about its future.

“I was very pleased to secure a firm assurance from them that this important local hospital will remain open and that its future is secure. I hope this latest news will come as a welcome relief to my constituents.

“I will of course be continuing to monitor this and other healthcare issues in my role as Hertsmere’s MP and look forward to working with the CCG further in the months and years ahead.”

Herts Valleys CCG yesterday announced a string of cost-cutting measures to combat a growing financial crisis, including no longer funding a cycle of IVF treatment for at least a year.

•NHS-funded IVF treatment cut in Potters Bar

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