Pregnant ladies protest outside St Helier Hospital

Wimbledon Guardian: Pregnant mums protest outside St Helier Hospital Pregnant mums protest outside St Helier Hospital

Pregnant mums have been proudly bearing their bumps to protest against proposed closures at St Helier Hospital.

The angry mums-to-be gathered at the hospital on Saturday, September 1 and daubed the message ‘Save St Helier’ on their bumps.

The ladies were led by Kathy McGuiness, the founder of Carshalton Mums, an online forum for mums to share information.

She said: “It is totally undemocratic and unfair to shut down such a well-loved and valuable maternity service. 

“The people behind this proposal don’t live around here, or seem to care how worried and angry ordinary people are.

“The welfare of our unborn children is at risk and we simply won’t stand for it.  NHS South West London have a real fight on their hands if they think they can downgrade St Helier.

“Pregnant mums want to go somewhere local - we don’t want unnecessary stress when we’re at our most vulnerable. And what about mothers with no car but several toddlers in tow? 

"We shouldn’t have to traipse across London for our maternity care.  We are outraged at the proposals and will do everything we can to stop them."

The ladies are also backing a Family Fun Day on Saturday September 8, from 12pm to 4pm.

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6:28pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Whatyousaying says...

Well done ladies I hope this helps in some way I agree with you why should you be expected to travel when there is a perfectly good maternity ward just up the road I'm backing save st heiler all the way congrats to you all and good luck with your new babies
Well done ladies I hope this helps in some way I agree with you why should you be expected to travel when there is a perfectly good maternity ward just up the road I'm backing save st heiler all the way congrats to you all and good luck with your new babies Whatyousaying
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2:58pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Well done ladies in your efforts to keep our St. Helier District General Hospital Uncut. I hope thousands more of the 180,000+ population who look to this hospital when they are in need will also make their voices known. Yours are the voices of sense and not the vast array of "NHS Bosses" who have come out of the woodwork with their unfamiliar anancroymed titles and hostile and destructive intent. Our politicians who are now in government need to be told they are on notice to stop the departmental closure nonsense or forfeit our votes at the next election. I am most unlikely to need maternity but am dependent for survival on the hospital's wonderful A&E and Haematology Department. Don't let "The Bosses" muck them up.
Well done ladies in your efforts to keep our St. Helier District General Hospital Uncut. I hope thousands more of the 180,000+ population who look to this hospital when they are in need will also make their voices known. Yours are the voices of sense and not the vast array of "NHS Bosses" who have come out of the woodwork with their unfamiliar anancroymed titles and hostile and destructive intent. Our politicians who are now in government need to be told they are on notice to stop the departmental closure nonsense or forfeit our votes at the next election. I am most unlikely to need maternity but am dependent for survival on the hospital's wonderful A&E and Haematology Department. Don't let "The Bosses" muck them up. Michael Pantlin
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