MP must take it on the chin

PUBLISHED: 12:35 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009

SIR - I write with what is an appeal to Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps to put up and shut up when it comes to his continued moaning regarding the the fact that Lister Hospital and NOT the QE2 is where acute and emergency services will be centralised. He

SIR - I write with what is an appeal to Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps to put up and shut up when it comes to his continued moaning regarding the the fact that Lister Hospital and NOT the QE2 is where acute and emergency services will be centralised.

He has got to take it on the chin and stay down, knowing he was beaten fairly and squarely [I think not - editor!] and not keep whinging about the decision by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust claiming all kinds of excuses to massage his ego.

All my children were born at the QE2 and when my youngest son was diagnosed with leukaemia the Lister was brilliant with his treatment.

Shapps and all those who support his ridiculous claim for a judicial review must understand they are putting hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax payers' money at risk and down the drain.

His claims that lives are now at risk has never been substantiated by fact.

Hell hath no fury like an MP scorned, it sounds like to me.

The money wasted on any such review could be better spent on medical services at both hospitals rather than keeping an MP beating a drum that is giving us all a headache.

As Dr Dennis Lewis, a gentleman I knew well from my days as a cub reporter with the WT, said last week: "A judicial review will achieve nothing but undesirable delay which will feed the uncertainty which has bedevilled our health planning for the past decade."

As an experienced and long-standing local councillor and politician I would favour his views rather than those of an MP.

The trust's chief executive Nick Carver, who runs both hospitals, has warned such a delay would jeopardise future funding and delay investment and expansion.

The time has come to draw a line under the campaign to save the QE2. The battle has been lost and campaigners put up a great fight.

Now, can we get on with the task of making sure health care throughout this part of the county is the best we can afford.

Bob Bryant, Ellesfield, Welwyn.

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