Battle not over to save St Helier Hospital, campaigners warn at Merton Civic Centre public meeting

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Concerned residents and campaigners have pledged to continue the battle to save St Helier hospital.

More than one hundred people attended a Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) public meeting at Merton Civic Centre in Morden last night.

Doctors and campaign leaders gave speeches to inform residents about the threat to St Helier from NHS cuts and how they can help protect their closest hospital.

Sally Kenny, founder of the Lower Morden Residents group to Save St Helier Hospital, said: "St Helier needs saving. It's more secure than it was but we can't give up and we have to all work together to improve it."

KOSHH is planning a march from Sutton to St Helier Hospital at the end of April, with final arrangements to be confirmed.

The campaign group also intends to create a political party with candidates for the local elections in May campaigning solely to Save St Helier.

Sandra Ash, a KOSHH campaigner from Morden, said: "I fear the threat to the hospital is that they will simply hollow it out from the middle.

"Instead of announcing they are going to close it they will just starve it of commissioning.

"But we need to focus on the fact that the hospital will close because those in power have decided that they want it to."

A controversial clause in the Care Bill voted through by MPs on Tuesday, March 11, gives the health secretary new powers to close local hospitals.

Supporters of the Save St Helier campaign are advised to write to their GP, MP and their council's chair of scrutiny, collect more signatures for the petition and inform neighbours.

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6:22am Sat 15 Mar 14

Binsanity says...

I attended this meeting and the solid resolve of local residents was immense.
What i did find worrying was the political point scoring being done by prospective candidates especially with local elections coming up. Lib-Dem for Wimbledon making part of my point.THIS HAS TO STOP. If the community can be united then so must the political spectrum.
The St Helliers issue should not be used by any party for political gain, it must be a local all party attack on behalf of our community regardless and in spite of the various party lines and interests. Our care for our health needs and local services are vitally important for our community now and in the future, I don.t believe mentioning my party or canditure is relevant to the fight.
I attended this meeting and the solid resolve of local residents was immense. What i did find worrying was the political point scoring being done by prospective candidates especially with local elections coming up. Lib-Dem for Wimbledon making part of my point.THIS HAS TO STOP. If the community can be united then so must the political spectrum. The St Helliers issue should not be used by any party for political gain, it must be a local all party attack on behalf of our community regardless and in spite of the various party lines and interests. Our care for our health needs and local services are vitally important for our community now and in the future, I don.t believe mentioning my party or canditure is relevant to the fight. Binsanity
  • Score: 6

10:36am Sat 15 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

The hospital is more important than the politicians.
The hospital is more important than the politicians. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 6

3:20pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Binsanity says...

Michael Pantlin wrote:
The hospital is more important than the politicians.
Yes, Absolutely. The Hosipital must take precedence. Collective political and communal support. I want to see a coalition of local political parties fighting together against any closures. Do you think i will get it? Now let's see who has the community at heart.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Pantlin[/bold] wrote: The hospital is more important than the politicians.[/p][/quote]Yes, Absolutely. The Hosipital must take precedence. Collective political and communal support. I want to see a coalition of local political parties fighting together against any closures. Do you think i will get it? Now let's see who has the community at heart. Binsanity
  • Score: 2

8:45pm Sat 15 Mar 14

mspragmatic says...

Binsanity wrote:
I attended this meeting and the solid resolve of local residents was immense.
What i did find worrying was the political point scoring being done by prospective candidates especially with local elections coming up. Lib-Dem for Wimbledon making part of my point.THIS HAS TO STOP. If the community can be united then so must the political spectrum.
The St Helliers issue should not be used by any party for political gain, it must be a local all party attack on behalf of our community regardless and in spite of the various party lines and interests. Our care for our health needs and local services are vitally important for our community now and in the future, I don.t believe mentioning my party or canditure is relevant to the fight.
By mentioning a political party you are being hypocritical in your comment. If on one hand you don't want politicking over the hospital campaign then on the other you single out a party then that is hypocritical.

Nobody wants to see political point scoring over our hospital. That only comes by not singling out any party as a target or by targeting all in the same context.
[quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: I attended this meeting and the solid resolve of local residents was immense. What i did find worrying was the political point scoring being done by prospective candidates especially with local elections coming up. Lib-Dem for Wimbledon making part of my point.THIS HAS TO STOP. If the community can be united then so must the political spectrum. The St Helliers issue should not be used by any party for political gain, it must be a local all party attack on behalf of our community regardless and in spite of the various party lines and interests. Our care for our health needs and local services are vitally important for our community now and in the future, I don.t believe mentioning my party or canditure is relevant to the fight.[/p][/quote]By mentioning a political party you are being hypocritical in your comment. If on one hand you don't want politicking over the hospital campaign then on the other you single out a party then that is hypocritical. Nobody wants to see political point scoring over our hospital. That only comes by not singling out any party as a target or by targeting all in the same context. mspragmatic
  • Score: 1

7:39am Sun 16 Mar 14

Binsanity says...

mspragmatic wrote:
Binsanity wrote:
I attended this meeting and the solid resolve of local residents was immense.
What i did find worrying was the political point scoring being done by prospective candidates especially with local elections coming up. Lib-Dem for Wimbledon making part of my point.THIS HAS TO STOP. If the community can be united then so must the political spectrum.
The St Helliers issue should not be used by any party for political gain, it must be a local all party attack on behalf of our community regardless and in spite of the various party lines and interests. Our care for our health needs and local services are vitally important for our community now and in the future, I don.t believe mentioning my party or canditure is relevant to the fight.
By mentioning a political party you are being hypocritical in your comment. If on one hand you don't want politicking over the hospital campaign then on the other you single out a party then that is hypocritical.

Nobody wants to see political point scoring over our hospital. That only comes by not singling out any party as a target or by targeting all in the same context.
Is it not the point to have everyone on board singing the same tune regardless of who they are or who they represent. Lets move foward together.
[quote][p][bold]mspragmatic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: I attended this meeting and the solid resolve of local residents was immense. What i did find worrying was the political point scoring being done by prospective candidates especially with local elections coming up. Lib-Dem for Wimbledon making part of my point.THIS HAS TO STOP. If the community can be united then so must the political spectrum. The St Helliers issue should not be used by any party for political gain, it must be a local all party attack on behalf of our community regardless and in spite of the various party lines and interests. Our care for our health needs and local services are vitally important for our community now and in the future, I don.t believe mentioning my party or canditure is relevant to the fight.[/p][/quote]By mentioning a political party you are being hypocritical in your comment. If on one hand you don't want politicking over the hospital campaign then on the other you single out a party then that is hypocritical. Nobody wants to see political point scoring over our hospital. That only comes by not singling out any party as a target or by targeting all in the same context.[/p][/quote]Is it not the point to have everyone on board singing the same tune regardless of who they are or who they represent. Lets move foward together. Binsanity
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