Conservative MP must use PMQ to call for £20mil funding needed to repair Harrogate Hospital crumbling concrete

22 Nov 2023
Tom Gordon outside Harrogate District Hospital

Conservative MP must use PMQ to call for £20 million funding needed to repair Harrogate Hospital crumbling concrete

Andrew Jones MP will have the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister a question at today’s PMQs, and the Lib Dems are calling for him to use it to raise the local hospital RAAC crisis. 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Harrogate & Knaresborough, Tom Gordon, who recently wrote to the Secretary of State calling for the funding is now calling on the Conservative MP to raise the issue and ask for the funding directly from the PM. Gordon recently launched a petition which has already seen hundreds of people back the campaign. 

Last week the RAAC issue at Harrogate District Hospital was raised in the House of Commons by Liberal Democrat MP Richard Foord as he called for the hospital to be given the £20 million it needs to make the important repairs to keep patients safe.

The Official Parliamentary Report (Hansard) shows that Andrew Jones, has not spoken about ‘RAAC’ or the ‘crumbling concrete’ at Harrogate District Hospital at all in the House of Commons Chamber to date.

Liberal Democrat PPC for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Tom Gordon said:

“This Conservative government has utterly broken our NHS. It can’t even keep the roof over patients' heads safe, let alone run a health service that gets people the treatment that they deserve on time. 

“We need to get the NHS off life support. That starts by, at the very least, ensuring that hospitals are safe. Harrogate District Hospital must be granted funding immediately so that it can get rid of the RAAC and instead focus on with treating patients. It cannot be a case of the hospital trust having to bid for money, with no guarantee they’ll receive it.

“Andrew Jones failed to mention the crumbling concrete at our hospital in the House of Commons even once throughout this whole crisis. He must urgently use his PMQ today to call for the funding that our local health services need."