Resources at Harlow hospital questioned after nearly 200 unexpected deaths revealed


Reporter Willow Jacobs-Harding spoke exclusively to MP Robert Halfon about Princess Alexandra Hospital when he visited Harlow College.

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has praised staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital but said the building is no longer fit for purpose and needs to be replaced.

Robert Halfon, Conservative, said, “The hospital is old and is not big enough to cater for the residents of Harlow. I believe the best option is to knock down and rebuild a new hospital including a health campus with GP’s and physiotherapists.

“Princess Alexandra Hospital is incredible and the staff are second to none but the hospital is under immense pressure due to big obstacles and difficulties to overcome.

“Currently there is training inside the hospital, after it went into ‘special measures’. Staff have worked consistently to get out off that category.”

Princess Alexandra Trust Harlow (PAH) is one of 13 trusts in the UK with ‘higher than expected’ classification in the recent Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SMHI) banding. The statistics do not indicate bad quality of care or bad performance in an employee’s job role but the latest SHMI is being viewed as a ‘smoke alarm’ with further investigation being required by the trust.

The latest SHMI published by the NHS on September 20 has revealed that from 2017/2018 there have been 195 more unexpected deaths at PAH, 14 per cent higher than 2016/2017.

The trust’s number of patients is extremely high with 47,193 spells (continuous period of time patients are in a single trust) but only 1,626 being adequately observed.

Essex County Council revealed last month that there are plans for a new hospital in town. A possible site could be near the M11 where thousands of new homes are being developed.


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