BSBV's recommendation to be postponed

Wimbledon Guardian: Chris Grayling Chris Grayling

The healthcare review which is threatening both Epsom and St Helier hospital’s A&E and maternity departments is being postponed, it is understood.

The programme board of the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review is due to meet tomorrow and was expected to make a recommendation on which two hospitals in the region should lose their frontline services.

In a shock announcement this afternoon Chris Grayling the MP for Epsom and Ewell welcomed the postponement of a decision – which is now not expected until at least March.

He said: “I’m glad that the NHS has pulled back from making an instant decision based on a flawed process.

"I think there now needs to be a proper discussion of different options for our area, and sensible decisions need to be taken with the interests of the people of Surrey in mind.”

The announcement comes after a mounting pressure on BSBV this week when representatives from Sutton Council, Surrey County Council, Epsom and Ewell Council and Merton Council called for the review to be halted.

A spokesperson for BSBV said: “The BSBV Programme Board is not meeting until tomorrow. No decisions or recommendations have been made at this point.”

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7:16pm Tue 19 Feb 13

David7 says...

Oh, the smell of incompetence. It’s wafting like a bad **** all over south west London.

Who put these idiots in charge of the review anyway?
Oh, the smell of incompetence. It’s wafting like a bad **** all over south west London. Who put these idiots in charge of the review anyway? David7

9:12pm Tue 19 Feb 13

CPN says...

Also how much money is wasted on all this "reviewing" (as it was some years back when there was talk of moving St Helier to Sutton Hospital with all that implied, all totally wasted money as nothing came of any of it) which could be used in health care itself?

Incidentally there is a meeting at Carshalton Boys Sports College on Thursday at 7.00 about all this
Also how much money is wasted on all this "reviewing" (as it was some years back when there was talk of moving St Helier to Sutton Hospital with all that implied, all totally wasted money as nothing came of any of it) which could be used in health care itself? Incidentally there is a meeting at Carshalton Boys Sports College on Thursday at 7.00 about all this CPN

3:23am Wed 20 Feb 13

gbzgc says...

Whoever made this decision, thank you, thank you, thank you for no more self righteous, smug, hypocritical bleatings from the Liberals. Councillor Burstow can speak to her husband again and Councillor Dombey can get on with the job of trying to repair the damage caused to Sutton by the Liberal administration over the last 25 years.
In fact, Brake and Burstow may now even be able to return to ministerial positions and enjoy the trappings of power.
A great result for everyone.
Whoever made this decision, thank you, thank you, thank you for no more self righteous, smug, hypocritical bleatings from the Liberals. Councillor Burstow can speak to her husband again and Councillor Dombey can get on with the job of trying to repair the damage caused to Sutton by the Liberal administration over the last 25 years. In fact, Brake and Burstow may now even be able to return to ministerial positions and enjoy the trappings of power. A great result for everyone. gbzgc

9:28am Wed 20 Feb 13

RobertS1970 says...

Complete waste of time, money and effort. The money spent on the countless 'reviews' taken in recent years could surely have been put to better use.
Complete waste of time, money and effort. The money spent on the countless 'reviews' taken in recent years could surely have been put to better use. RobertS1970

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