Siobhain McDonagh slams Lib Dems over future of St Helier

Siobhain McDonagh accused Paul Burstow and Tom Brake of being "unprincipled" in their defence of St Helier Hospital

Paul Burstow and Tom Brake, Sutton's two Lib Dem MPs, insisted they would fight to save St Helier hospital

First published in Save St Helier by

Mitcham and Morden’s MP has fiercely criticised her Sutton counterparts for “unprincipled shenanigans” for their stance on proposed cuts to St Helier Hospital.

In a House of Commons adjournment debate yesterday, Siobhain McDonagh criticised Liberal Democrat MPs Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam) and Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington) for opposing the NHS's plans while serving in the coalition Government.

Mr Burstow was, until a recent reshuffle by the Prime Minister, a health minister, whereas Mr Brake has just joined the Government as Deputy Leader of the House.

Ms McDonagh told Parliament: “I imagine [Mr Burstow] wanted to stay and to continue to be collectively responsible for St Helier’s demise.

“Then [Mr Brake] decided he was so upset about the plans for St Helier that he would take a principled stand by joining the Government as Deputy to [Andrew Lansley, the former Health Secretary].”

“However, I’m pleased to say the unprincipled shenanigans of Liberal Democrats have not dimmed the community’s opposition to what is happening at St Helier.”

She also lambasted GPs who she said would benefit if St Helier lost its A&E and maternity units.

She said: “Better Services Better Value is led by local GPs, and they clearly have an interest in ensuring more patients use primary care rather than hospitals, whether or not that is what patients want because the money follows the patient.”

Mr Burstow accused the Labour party of “playing politics” with the future of St Helier hospital.

He said: “I have been unflinching in my resolve to save St Helier since the day these plans were announced and will continue to fight these dangerous proposals until they are consigned to history."

Mr Brake said he was “disappointed” with Ms McDonagh’s remarks and that he has been campaigning to save the hospital for over 20 years.

He added: “Just 10 days ago a massive picnic was held opposite St Helier Hospital. I was there campaigning to save the hospital.

“My petition has collected over 8000 signatures. In or out of Government I will fight for the future of our local hospital, my local hospital.'

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12:47pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Anthony F says...

Funny: I don't recall Ms McDonagh saying anything at all when Kingston Hospital A&E/Maternity were under threat from an NHS review. Now she's just determined to paint the Government and her political opponents as responsible for the recommendations of an NHS review.
Funny: I don't recall Ms McDonagh saying anything at all when Kingston Hospital A&E/Maternity were under threat from an NHS review. Now she's just determined to paint the Government and her political opponents as responsible for the recommendations of an NHS review. Anthony F
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3:39pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

So what progress have the Sutton MPs made in ending the threat which continues to grow from bad to worse? Looks like chugger all from where I'm sitting. I have had the same thoughts as the Mitcham & Morden MP.
So what progress have the Sutton MPs made in ending the threat which continues to grow from bad to worse? Looks like chugger all from where I'm sitting. I have had the same thoughts as the Mitcham & Morden MP. Michael Pantlin
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7:41pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Anthony F wrote:
Funny: I don't recall Ms McDonagh saying anything at all when Kingston Hospital A&E/Maternity were under threat from an NHS review. Now she's just determined to paint the Government and her political opponents as responsible for the recommendations of an NHS review.
The Coalition Government are responsible because the buck stops at the top where the seeds for the Review were sown. Merton is a different seat from both the Sutton seats and the Kingston seat held by Edward Davey is different again so Mc D is nod t contesting Kingston or the Suttons. Mc D is right to speak out because so many of her constituents look to St. Helier Hospital for their services rather than St. George's in the Wandsworth seat.
[quote][p][bold]Anthony F[/bold] wrote: Funny: I don't recall Ms McDonagh saying anything at all when Kingston Hospital A&E/Maternity were under threat from an NHS review. Now she's just determined to paint the Government and her political opponents as responsible for the recommendations of an NHS review.[/p][/quote]The Coalition Government are responsible because the buck stops at the top where the seeds for the Review were sown. Merton is a different seat from both the Sutton seats and the Kingston seat held by Edward Davey is different again so Mc D is nod t contesting Kingston or the Suttons. Mc D is right to speak out because so many of her constituents look to St. Helier Hospital for their services rather than St. George's in the Wandsworth seat. Michael Pantlin
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6:37am Thu 20 Sep 12

tjames says...

YAWN
YAWN tjames
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12:31pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

tjames wrote:
YAWN
With that complacency and callousness you'll be yawning on a trolley in a corridor in Tooting at some time in the future. See the latest horror report
http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/health/articl
e-2205606/St-George-
s-Hospital-NHS-faile
d-Isla-Taylor-basic-
medical-care-says-co
roner-dies-following
-operation.html?ito=
feeds-newsxml
about this hospital which is said to improve outcomes. Score to date one dead through lack of water another dead through lack of basic treatment of very low blood pressure. These things do not happen at our St. Helier District General Hospital. Fight to protect it from the devious politicians and obscure "NHS Bosses".
[quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: YAWN[/p][/quote]With that complacency and callousness you'll be yawning on a trolley in a corridor in Tooting at some time in the future. See the latest horror report http://www.dailymail .co.uk/health/articl e-2205606/St-George- s-Hospital-NHS-faile d-Isla-Taylor-basic- medical-care-says-co roner-dies-following -operation.html?ito= feeds-newsxml about this hospital which is said to improve outcomes. Score to date one dead through lack of water another dead through lack of basic treatment of very low blood pressure. These things do not happen at our St. Helier District General Hospital. Fight to protect it from the devious politicians and obscure "NHS Bosses". Michael Pantlin
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12:35pm Thu 20 Sep 12

tjames says...

I an yawning because mcdonut is as effective as a chocolate teapot
I an yawning because mcdonut is as effective as a chocolate teapot tjames
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1:06pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

tjames wrote:
I an yawning because mcdonut is as effective as a chocolate teapot
I understand what you were feeling now. Looks like the area is served by a whole political chocolate tea service in regard to keeping St. Helier District General Hospital uncut.
[quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: I an yawning because mcdonut is as effective as a chocolate teapot[/p][/quote]I understand what you were feeling now. Looks like the area is served by a whole political chocolate tea service in regard to keeping St. Helier District General Hospital uncut. Michael Pantlin
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12:33am Fri 21 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Mr. Burstow is reported to have said: “I have been unflinching in my resolve to save St Helier since the day these plans were announced" but he was also reported on being ousted as Care Minister as saying that he is now "unshackled" to do so. So up to now has his position being one of being "unflinchingly" "shackled"?
Mr. Burstow is reported to have said: “I have been unflinching in my resolve to save St Helier since the day these plans were announced" but he was also reported on being ousted as Care Minister as saying that he is now "unshackled" to do so. So up to now has his position being one of being "unflinchingly" "shackled"? Michael Pantlin
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