Source: London Assembly
Boris Johnson urged to get off the fence on
Hillingdon Hospital crisis
London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, has urged Boris Johnson to commit to supporting a solution to the long list of serious issues that have beset Hillingdon Hospital. Mr Sahota has written to the Prime Minister, as the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, calling upon him to “step out of his ambivalence and provide political backing to one of the proposed options on the table”.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Sahota lists the numerous challenges facing Hillingdon Hospital, identified by its Trust Board. These include outbreaks of legionella disease, inefficient and life-expired heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and annex wards that are unsuitable for use, amongst several other problems.
Dr Sahota also highlights that despite the allocation of an emergency loan of £16.5 million, the hospital has a maintenance backlog totalling around £107.5 million.
He underlines the urgent need for a decision to be made about the hospital’s future following newspaper reports that child patients were recently evacuated from its wards after serious subsidence threatened their safety.
As of yet, Boris Johnson, as the local Member of Parliament for the hospital, has failed to fully commit to publicly backing either of the proposed solutions of rebuilding it in its current location, or moving it to an alternative site in the borough owned by Brunel University.
Dr Sahota has thrown his support behind the latter option, due to the constraints presented by the existing site and the opportunity for Brunel University to establish a new medical school to train new doctors which will help to plug high vacancy rates.
London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:
“The serious issues that have beset Hillingdon Hospital are widely known. It is very concerning that patients are being treated in such sub-standard, and in some cases, unsafe conditions.
“It is crucial that we now get on with the job on settling on and implementing a robust solution to all these problems.
“As the local MP, Boris Johnson needs to step out of his ambivalence and provide political backing to one of the proposed options on the table. This will provide the impetus for getting the ball rolling on comprehensively redeveloping the hospital, so patients can finally begin to receive the level of care they deserve.
“As the local London Assembly Member, I am supporting the proposal to move the hospital to the nearby site owned by Brunel University.
“This will free any constraints on the hospital’s redevelopment posed by its current site and provide an opportunity for the university to establish a much-needed new medical school to train the next generation of doctors”.