Politicians want an end to the healthcare review threatening St Helier Hospital

Wimbledon Guardian: Tom Brake, Ruth Dombey and Paul Burstow Tom Brake, Ruth Dombey and Paul Burstow

Politicians have have told the Department of Health they want an end to the healthcare review threatening St Helier Hospital.

Council leader Ruth Dombey and MPs Paul Burstow and Tom Brake visited the Department for Health yesterday to press the case for St Helier Hospital with new the health minister Anna Soubry.

On Wednesday the Better Services Better Value review recommended that two hospitals out of St Helier, Epsom, Kingston or Croydon University Hospital should lose their A&E and maternity departments.

Mr Brake set out his concerns for the "very flaky" assurances being made by BSBV about cutting the number of people using A&E.

He said: "The minister understands the overwhelming importance of St Helier Hospital to hundreds of thousands of local people.

"We believe the BSBV process should be stopped now. The CCGs will take responsibility for commissioning services from the 1st of April. We need to just leave it for them to deal with it.

"We set out some factors about what has already been achieved at St Helier's maternity unit and they are things BSBV are asking to be achieved by 2015."

He said they wanted the demolition of Ferguson House to proceed in order to prove that the £219m re-build of the hospital is alive and well.

Mr Burstow said: "We were able to impress upon the minister the failure of the NHS BSBV team to convince clinicians that their plans to close A&Es and maternity units are sound. 

"We'll carry on campaigning for the plug to be pulled on these disastrous proposals."

Coun Ruth Dombey said: "The campaign to save vital services at St Helier Hospital got an adrenaline shot today.

"We discussed our concerns with the health minister who listened carefully and was clearly shocked that the uncertainty about St Helier's future had been dragging on for so long.

"We'll carry on piling on the pressure to save our local health services."

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7:01pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Wait right there says...

So if it is planned medical care I go to the hospital in the middle of the three boroughs ( St Helier ) if it is emergency i go to the closest hospital ( Croydon or Kingston) and if I'm giving birth I either stay at home or go to my local maternity specialists ( Croydon or Kingston ). I agree lets end this waste of time and money
So if it is planned medical care I go to the hospital in the middle of the three boroughs ( St Helier ) if it is emergency i go to the closest hospital ( Croydon or Kingston) and if I'm giving birth I either stay at home or go to my local maternity specialists ( Croydon or Kingston ). I agree lets end this waste of time and money Wait right there
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3:49pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Michael Pantlin says...

The demolition of Ferguson House should be put on hold until the future of the hospital is secured. Otherwise devious powers that be may just use the pile of rubble of our hospital as a de facto lever to force us to go elsewhere.
The demolition of Ferguson House should be put on hold until the future of the hospital is secured. Otherwise devious powers that be may just use the pile of rubble of our hospital as a de facto lever to force us to go elsewhere. Michael Pantlin
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3:53pm Sat 12 Jan 13

David7 says...

Despite these good efforts, I remain doubtful that this delegation will have much effect on the outcomes, which have a familiar air of fait accompli about them.

‘Consultation’ means little, as Ms Dombey will know well as leader of a council which frequently ignores local residents’ views.

Even as Health Minister, Mr Burstow demonstrated emphatically that he possessed diddly-squat power or influence.

Boy, do I hope I’m wrong.
Despite these good efforts, I remain doubtful that this delegation will have much effect on the outcomes, which have a familiar air of fait accompli about them. ‘Consultation’ means little, as Ms Dombey will know well as leader of a council which frequently ignores local residents’ views. Even as Health Minister, Mr Burstow demonstrated emphatically that he possessed diddly-squat power or influence. Boy, do I hope I’m wrong. David7
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3:55pm Sat 12 Jan 13

David7 says...

Michael, that’s a good point. I also do not believe the £219m ‘ringfenced’ and ‘guaranteed’ investment in St Helier will materialise. It’s a sop to distract the locals from the true intentions.
Michael, that’s a good point. I also do not believe the £219m ‘ringfenced’ and ‘guaranteed’ investment in St Helier will materialise. It’s a sop to distract the locals from the true intentions. David7
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6:13pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Michael Pantlin says...

David7 wrote:
Michael, that’s a good point. I also do not believe the £219m ‘ringfenced’ and ‘guaranteed’ investment in St Helier will materialise. It’s a sop to distract the locals from the true intentions.
Absolutely right David. Why else was that ridiculous expensive banner covering the front of St. Helier Hospital put up other than to defuse the growing rage among the local population at the downgrading of their vital local hospital?
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Michael, that’s a good point. I also do not believe the £219m ‘ringfenced’ and ‘guaranteed’ investment in St Helier will materialise. It’s a sop to distract the locals from the true intentions.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right David. Why else was that ridiculous expensive banner covering the front of St. Helier Hospital put up other than to defuse the growing rage among the local population at the downgrading of their vital local hospital? Michael Pantlin
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