Dear Hamish Pollock
I am writing to you with some interesting news as you have previously expressed concern about the future of St Helier Hospital.
Last week, during Prime Minister’s Questions, I directly challenged the Chancellor, George Osborne (who was standing in for the Prime Minister), on whether the previously promised £219million was still available for St. Helier Hospital.
I am delighted that the Chancellor George Osborne promised that the Government would allocate £219 million to save St. Helier Hospital as long as the hospital “continues to represent value for money.” He said he thinks the hospital is performing well now. I am very pleased that he recognises the good performance of the hospital.
I intend to hold the Chancellor to his promise. Our community deserves convenient access to essential healthcare services from a quality hospital like St. Helier. George Osborne and the Conservative government must now deliver it.
Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington
0208 255 81550208 255 8155
PS. Have you signed the petition to Save St Helier Hospital? Thousands of local people have already signed – click here to sign the petition or visit www.saveoursthelier.co.uk for more information.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake recently congratulated Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) on reaching its 65th Birthday. Tom said: “The NHS is one of Britain’s greatest achievements and one of our country’s most valued and valuable institutions. I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the thousands of staff who have nurtured the health of the nation over the last 65 years. Long may it continue.”
“We are fortunate in Carshalton and Wallington in having the St Helier Hospital, but with A&E and maternity services currently under threat, we certainly don’t take our NHS for granted.”
“Today more than ever people depend on it throughout their lives. The Liberal Democrats in government are committed to protecting an NHS that is free for all, and which continues to adapt itself to the changing needs of modern Britain.”
5 July 2013 marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. Across the UK health professionals are celebrating the NHS’ birthday. Local residents have been getting in touch with their MP Tom Brake to wish the NHS a happy birthday. Messages from constituents saying how much they value NHS wereput on a giant birthday card that the MP presented to St Helier Hospital staff .
Aerial Shot of St. Helier Hospital
We received a message recently from Tom Brake MP for the constituency of Carshalton & Wallington.
Yesterday it was announced that the healthcare review that recommended that A&E and maternity services should be axed at St Helier hospital has been delayed due to concerns about the financial viability of the proposals.
Local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS London were due to meet later this month to vote on whether the proposals to downgrade our local hospital should go to public consultation. This decision will now be taken after the summer.
I have always been clear that the review that has recommended that St Helier Hospital be downgraded is completely flawed. The review is based upon incomplete data, incorrect travel times and relies upon alternative health services that don’t even exist.
Already more than 10,000 people have signed my petition to keep open St Helier Hospital’s A&E department and maternity unit, but we need to get more signatures – so that we can demonstrate the strength of the local opposition to these proposals.
But I need your help – can you deliver a few leaflets about the Save Our St Helier campaign in your local area to encourage others to sign the petition?
If so, just click here to send me your details and someone from the Save Our St Helier team will be in touch.
Together we can fight for the future of our hospital.
Tom Brake MP
Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington
PS: You can also download a hard copy of the petition by clicking here.
On Thursday 9th May 2013, local GPs and other clinicians met to discuss the future of St Helier Hospital and the proposals put forward by the Better Service Better Value (BSBV) review. Very disappointingly, the Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group has accepted the three proposals recommended by the BSBV review.
This is despite the clear opposition to these proposals that local campaigners and I presented to the meeting.
The decision means that St Helier is at risk of becoming a “local hospital”, losing its A&E and maternity units and Epsom is also potentially losing its frontline services, becoming a centre for elective care.
The second option, but less preferred by BSBV is Epsom becoming the local hospital with St Helier becoming the centre for elective care. The third option is St Helier continuing as an acute hospital with Epsom becoming the centre for elective care and Croydon University Hospital becoming the most downgraded.
But this is not a done deal.
These recommendations still need to be approved by the other Clinical Commissioning Groups in South West London before they will be subject to a public consultation.
I can assure you that I will continue to fight tooth and nail for the future of our local hospital. Over the next few days and weeks, I will be working with other local campaigners to plan how we can make sure the voice of the local community is heard.
We will be taking our campaign to the next level to ensure that NHS bosses can be in no doubt – we want to Save Our St Helier!
In the meantime, make sure you have signed the petition in support of our hospital and encourage others to do so too. You can also show your support for St Helier by commenting on and sharing this facebook post.
Finally, if you want to know why these proposals are wrong for our local area and to find out more about the campaign, visit www.saveoursthelier.co.uk.
By working together we can save our local hospital.
Tom Brake MP
Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington
PS: Make sure you have also signed the ‘Save Our St Helier’ Petition by clicking here.
Published and promoted by Sutton Lib Dems on behalf of Tom Brake MP, Room 2 Kennedy House, 5 Nightingale Road, Carshalton SM5 2DN.
You may have heard more about Kingston Hospital’s very “kind” offer to take over the management of the SW London Elective Orthopaedic Centre from St. Helier Hospital, Carshalton. There are some issues with it…. we’re told that Sutton borough councillors will be questioning the health authorities about it when they get the chance to do so.
1. The offer is not “patient-focused”, it is about NHS managers playing at politics with peoples’ health.
2. Kingston Hospital (with support from Croydon and St George’s Hospitals) are trying to do this whilst the future of Epsom and St. Helier is uncertain.
3. Kingston Hospital wants the EOC (Elective Orthopaedic Centre) on their books to help their Foundation Trust application (it’s worth £30 million per annum).
4. Kingston Hospital wants the reputational benefit of the EOC.
5. Kingston, Croydon and St George’s hospitals are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut in relation to questions about how service level agreements between the EOC and Epsom Hospital are agreed and implemented.
6. NHS Managers are using Tax Payers’ money to fund what is little more than an internal hostile takeover bid.
NHS managers are accountable to no one, other than other more senior NHS Managers, which is why we think their plan really needs some rethinking!
You can read more by clicking on the link below:-