Public ‘needs educating’ over new Welwyn Garden City hospital

PUBLISHED: 14:03 18 September 2011

Artists' impression of the new site

Artists' impression of the new site


A WGC stalwart says NHS Hertfordshire has its work cut out if it is to convince the public that a downgraded QE2 is in their best interests.

Dr Dennis Lewis said more needed to be done about educating the public on the realities of delivering a modern public health service.

Speaking after Welwyn Hatfield Council approved the PCT’s QE2 plans on September 7, Dr Lewis said: “I’ve got mixed feelings about it and always have.

“But the provision of medical services is changing fast.

“Having centres of excellence is good, but you can’t have too many.

“There’s a great deal of work to be done in educating the public on what a modern health service is – it’s a hearts and minds thing the NHS will have to get hold of.”

But Welwyn Hatfield Labour leader Kieran Thorpe said: “I’ve long campaigned to keep the QE2 as it was, and am disappointed that nothing seems to have been done to safeguard it.

“I hope the services that are going to be offered meet the majority of people’s needs.”

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