Yesterday was Watford FC's first home premier league game and thousands of keen football fans will be commuting to and from Watford throughout the football season. This is of course, great news for local football fans, but potentially not so great news for those unfortunate enough to fall ill on a Saturday afternoon and need to be blue-lighted to hospital.
With the closure of Hemel's A&E in 2007 and the deterioration of local health and social care in the Hemel area - is there much hope for anyone who needs emergency care in the coming weekends? A journey that at the moment should take no more than 20 minutes from Hemel Town Centre, could easily take an hour in a standstill in the roads surrounding Vicarage Road.
It is estimated that the upkeep of the closed hospital buildings in Hemel cost around £6 million a year. Surely it's about time we act on the need for the rejuvenation of Hemel's hospital, before a relative or friend faces an agonising and potentially life threatening long journey in match day traffic to Watford. I believe this ongoing (almost hidden) issue could now be a matter of life and death.