MP Oliver Heald visits Royston Hospital with Shadow Health Secretary

PUBLISHED: 16:41 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 11 May 2010

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald and South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, visited Royston Hospital for talks with the chairman of Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Stuart Bloom, Simon Rouse, director of strategic planning,

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald and South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, visited Royston Hospital for talks with the chairman of Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Stuart Bloom, Simon Rouse, director of strategic planning, NHS Hertfordshire, Heather Moulder, managing director of Hertfordshire Community Health Services, and Anne Richmond, matron of Royston Hospital.

There was an opportunity for a full and frank exchange of views about the future of the hospital and the two MPs were given a tour of the wards and some of the thirty four clinics which use Royston Hospital. Oliver Heald continued to press for assurances about the future of the hospital and Mr Lansley pressed for answers about the future of intermediate care locally and the much-valued clinics.

Mr Heald said: "It was good to have an opportunity to talk further with the management of the local health service about the future of Royston Hospital. I am disappointed still not to have a solid assurance about the future of this important facility."

Mr Lansley said: "I was pleased to accompany Oliver and to visit this hospital which is also used by my constituents in South Cambridgeshire. It is a much valued resource, obviously doing a good job for its patients.

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