NHS boss to face public on plans to close St Helier services

MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh, will be hosting a coffee morning next month

MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh, will be hosting a coffee morning next month

First published in Save St Helier by , Chief Reporter

Residents will have their chance to air their views to top bosses on their plans to close vital services at St Helier Hospital.

MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh, will be hosting a coffee morning next month which will be attended by Rachel Tyndall, NHS Director of Strategy and Performance, who is responsible for managing the consultation on whether to push forward with plans to close the hospital’s accident and emergency and maternity unit.

In a letter announcing the meeting Ms McDonagh said: "The more I find out about their plans to close services at St Helier, the more disastrous it is. It will reduce health services and cost more."

She added: "This will be the most important ninety minutes we will spend on supporting services that are needed by our families, neighbours and community."

The public meeting will be held at the Emmanuel Church Hall on Dudley Drive in Morden on Saturday, November 10, from 10.30 to 12pm.

 

UPDATE - Thursday, October 5: BSBV have since said Rachel Tyndall will not be attending the meeting.

An as yet unconfirmed clinicinan involved in the consultation is instead likely to attend.

 

 

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4:04pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Michael Pantlin says...

I've surmised all along that there is a senior civil servant behind this destruction of A&E Units nationally charged with doing so by the politicians of the coalition some of whom now profess to wanting to keep St. Helier open. She needs to be told that while there is a case for casualties requiring very specialist treatment going to a centre for that, most patients can be treated in a District General Hospital A&E Unit without having to travel further distances. She should be reminded of findings that for every 10 miles a patient travel. She should also note that St. George's Hospital is choc-a-bloc already with its own patients without having to be inundated by St. Helier patients. She needs to conclude that she has been pushing a rotten idea that will cause countless stress and harm and kill this policy dead now and leave our St. Helier District General Hospital uncut.
I've surmised all along that there is a senior civil servant behind this destruction of A&E Units nationally charged with doing so by the politicians of the coalition some of whom now profess to wanting to keep St. Helier open. She needs to be told that while there is a case for casualties requiring very specialist treatment going to a centre for that, most patients can be treated in a District General Hospital A&E Unit without having to travel further distances. She should be reminded of findings that for every 10 miles a patient travel. She should also note that St. George's Hospital is choc-a-bloc already with its own patients without having to be inundated by St. Helier patients. She needs to conclude that she has been pushing a rotten idea that will cause countless stress and harm and kill this policy dead now and leave our St. Helier District General Hospital uncut. Michael Pantlin
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4:07pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Correction: She should be reminded of findings that for every 10 miles a patient has to travel to reach A&E the fatality ie brought in dead rate increases by 20%.
Correction: She should be reminded of findings that for every 10 miles a patient has to travel to reach A&E the fatality ie brought in dead rate increases by 20%. Michael Pantlin
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