Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, formally opened the newly named Lister Treatment Centre after campaigning successfully for the facility to be handed over to the NHS.
Stephen said, "This is a fantastic day for the local community as we officially open the newly named Lister Treatment Centre and put the disastrous management of Carillion behind us. It was a long and exhausting campaign but I am delighted we have won and I was able to persuade Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, to give us the money to buy the facility and hand it over to the local hospital to be managed.
"This facility should have been in the NHS from day one and I still cannot understand why the Labour Government handed such complex surgical procedures over to a bunch of builders to manage. There are no excuses and Labour can never again be trusted with our local NHS.
"However, today is the start of a new and exciting period as we all move forward and begin to rebuild confidence in the facility. I made it clear throughout my campaign that the staff who worked in the facility on the front line day after day were doing an incredible job under intolerable pressure. I have the utmost respect for their professionalism and dedication to helping patients.
"I am delighted the facility has been renamed the Lister Treatment Centre and is under the management of our local hospital which is a centre of clinical excellence. I will continue working closely with local health professionals and believe we can now go from strength to strength with a relentless focus on putting the patients and their families first."
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