Opportunity to grill healthcare bosses proposing to close St Helier's A&E, maternity and children's wards

Opportunity to grill healthcare bosses

Sutton Councillor Ruth Dombey

Councillor Mary Burstow

St Helier is facing losing vital services

First published in Save St Helier

Sutton councillors will continue the battle to save St Helier Hospital next week with a special committee meeting called to grill healthcare providers.

The additional Scrutiny Committee hearing, on June 11, will be the first opportunity councillors have to formally question the people who play a key role following the proposals to strip St Helier of its A&E, maternity and children’s wards.

Leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey, said: “My very first act as Leader of Sutton Council was to agree with the chairman of our new scrutiny committee, Mary Burstow, to call this special meeting of the committee.

"The response to calling this meeting shows how important St Helier Hospital is to our residents and to those who work at the hospital.

“The Better Services Better Value team members will be there to answer questions, along with doctors, hospital staff and local residents.

"This is a vital opportunity for those on the committee to ask questions of the BSBV board, who many people feel have failed to address the tricky questions residents want answering.

“This is the first stage of some important work for our new scrutiny committee and over the summer we are asking local residents to send us their questions so that we can deal with all the issues people want to raise.

“I encourage anyone who is concerned about the very real threat to our local A&E and maternity services to come to the meeting to show how strongly our community feels about protecting St Helier Hospital.”

Councillor Mary Burstow added: “St Helier Hospital provides a high-quality service of which we are justifiably proud.”

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5:55pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Michael Pantlin says...

A grilling is too good for those who decided to downgrade our St. Helier Hospital and want us to travel miles through dense traffic to Tooting even when we are feeling unwell. Suggest a spit roast and then salami slicing into kebabs. I read Epsom Hospital is going in with Ashford. I don't even know where that is without looking up an atlas. St. Peter's is mentioned, used to deal with St. Peter's Chertsey; that's way beyond reach.
A grilling is too good for those who decided to downgrade our St. Helier Hospital and want us to travel miles through dense traffic to Tooting even when we are feeling unwell. Suggest a spit roast and then salami slicing into kebabs. I read Epsom Hospital is going in with Ashford. I don't even know where that is without looking up an atlas. St. Peter's is mentioned, used to deal with St. Peter's Chertsey; that's way beyond reach. Michael Pantlin
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1:20pm Fri 8 Jun 12

Michael Pantlin says...

It just occurred to me that the NHS authority which handed the temporary BSBV decision making team the poisoned challice that their findings should proposed the closure of the Major A&E and Maternity services at one of the fthree hospitals at St. Helier, Croydon and Kngston with St. George's Hospital Tooting unaffected has been reported as named NHS SW London. If this happens to be the same authority that runs St. George's Hospital which is called SW London & St. George's NHS Trust then it does sound rather loaded in favour of increasing the role of and protecting St. George's from the cuts. No explanation so far as to how they will give the Tooting hospital elastic walls to accommodate all the extra staff and patients they want to send the extra miles through all the traffic to reach there.
It just occurred to me that the NHS authority which handed the temporary BSBV decision making team the poisoned challice that their findings should proposed the closure of the Major A&E and Maternity services at one of the fthree hospitals at St. Helier, Croydon and Kngston with St. George's Hospital Tooting unaffected has been reported as named NHS SW London. If this happens to be the same authority that runs St. George's Hospital which is called SW London & St. George's NHS Trust then it does sound rather loaded in favour of increasing the role of and protecting St. George's from the cuts. No explanation so far as to how they will give the Tooting hospital elastic walls to accommodate all the extra staff and patients they want to send the extra miles through all the traffic to reach there. Michael Pantlin
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