'St Helier Hospital has been saved', says leader of Merton Conservatives Councillor Oonagh Moulton

Councillor Oonagh Moulton

Councillor Oonagh Moulton

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The leader of Merton Conservatives has defended Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond after Labour councillors accused him of "betraying" St Helier Hospital.

At a council meeting on Wednesday, April 2, a Labour motion attacking Mr Hammond for putting the future of St Helier Hospital at risk by voting in favour of Clause 119, was agreed by a council majority.

Mr Hammond has come under heavy scrutiny for voting in favour of the Care Bill clause, which gives the health secretary new powers to close hospitals, regardless of local opposition.

But Conservative councillors jumped to Mr Hammond's defence at the meeting, claiming the threat to St Helier Hospital is over.

Councillor Oonagh Moulton, leader of Merton Conservatives, said: "This administration knows full well that St Helier Hospital has been saved.

"Stephen Hammond voted in support of Clause 119 but this clause is not putting St Helier at risk. Why? Because the hospital is giving good care to its patients."

A sign heralding the promised £219m redevelopment of the hospital was recently taken down, raising concerns proposals to downgrade the hospital are still on the table.

Campaign group Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) is planning to march from Sutton to St Helier Hospital at the end of April, to raise awareness of the threat to the hospital they believe still exists.

Coun Stephen Alambritis, leader of Labour-led council, said: "To show his support for St Helier, Mr Hammond should insist that the money is still there and the building work should start forthwith. Instead he voted for clause 119.

"The NHS is a tax-payer funded service and making changes to the buildings and then closing them down is just not on."

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5:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

HelenRyan says...

St Helier isn't saved if the Tories persist in systematically dismantling the NHS. We need high quality local services, including full emergency services, funded and protected by the state. The Tories are taking that away from us. We need to continue to fight every act and every clause that could harm our NHS if we really want to save St Helier.
St Helier isn't saved if the Tories persist in systematically dismantling the NHS. We need high quality local services, including full emergency services, funded and protected by the state. The Tories are taking that away from us. We need to continue to fight every act and every clause that could harm our NHS if we really want to save St Helier. HelenRyan
  • Score: 15

12:45pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mr-bjp says...

Who said St Helier Hospital has been saved, I haven't heard anything and I certainly don't believe a single word any of these Merton councilors say.
Who said St Helier Hospital has been saved, I haven't heard anything and I certainly don't believe a single word any of these Merton councilors say. mr-bjp
  • Score: 6

3:47pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Saying St. Helier has been saved is another con just like that infamous expensive banner with its fibs, deigned to wrong foot protesters and those who want St. Helier District General Hospital to continue uncut. It cannot be saved until the Tories are voted out.
Saying St. Helier has been saved is another con just like that infamous expensive banner with its fibs, deigned to wrong foot protesters and those who want St. Helier District General Hospital to continue uncut. It cannot be saved until the Tories are voted out. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Niki R says...

Claptrap. A Tory claiming it's safe? I'd be more likely to believe someone who claimed to have seen Lord Lucan riding Shergar along the A217.
Claptrap. A Tory claiming it's safe? I'd be more likely to believe someone who claimed to have seen Lord Lucan riding Shergar along the A217. Niki R
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Panda bear says...

Don't forget Paul Burstow,
Our Lib Dem MP for Sutton & Cheam voted in favour of this clause.
He then wasted money our taxpayer money trying to justify his actions.
This is the same MP who voted for our pensions to be increased by CPI Index rather than RPI. Sadly like most MP'a he no longer be trusted.
Don't forget Paul Burstow, Our Lib Dem MP for Sutton & Cheam voted in favour of this clause. He then wasted money our taxpayer money trying to justify his actions. This is the same MP who voted for our pensions to be increased by CPI Index rather than RPI. Sadly like most MP'a he no longer be trusted. Panda bear
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Marie from Sutton says...

As I commented previously, the new Chief Exec. at Epsom and St Helier is an accountant. No need to guess what her priorities will be.
Cut, cut and more cut.
As I commented previously, the new Chief Exec. at Epsom and St Helier is an accountant. No need to guess what her priorities will be. Cut, cut and more cut. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 2

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