Welwyn Garden City hospital’s A&E unit ‘may be saved’

WELWYN Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has said a “breakthrough” has been made in his bid to save the QE2 Hospital’s A&E department.

The government minister was speaking after having a “positive” meeting with doctors and health bosses at the WGC hospital.

He tells today’s Welwyn Hatfield Times that ALL were in agreement an emergency department should be maintained within a rebuilt QE2, rather than being closed down and moved to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

He said: “I think this is the first move on a very, very long road to building a QE2 more compatible with what local people want.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Hertfordshire – the brand name of the PCT – said the meeting was “useful”.

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She said: “We will continue to work with our local politicians and local GPs to agree and secure a sustainable future for the new local general hospital.”

For more on this story, see today’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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