The fight is on to keep ALL of St Helier's services at its hospital.

Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis, MP Siobhain McDonagh and the Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) Campaign group have all voiced their concern for the future of the hospital following the submission of a pre-consultation plan to NHS England.

The document, which has not been published by the NHS, ranks three options for the future of the Trust, with downgrading both St Helier and Epsom Hospitals and building a new hospital in Sutton coming out on top.

RELATED: Health campaigners Keep Our St Helier Hospital fear "super hospital" bed provision would put lives at risk

“We have a long-standing commitment to ensure that residents of Merton have access to a full range of NHS acute services on the St Helier Hospital site, including a blue light A&E and consultant-led maternity service," Cllr Alambritis said.

“We could not be clearer in our opposition to any closure or downgrade of services at St Helier Hospital.

"I’m extremely disappointed that the Trust and the CCG appear to prefer an option that would remove essential services at St Helier.

"This is despite the overwhelming evidence of local need, and the clear opposing voice of Merton’s residents through the various engagement processes undertaken to date.”

The removal of all acute services from one or both of Epsom Hospital, St Helier Hospital, or both Epsom and St Helier Hospital, could be as soon as 2020.

RELATED: Political row erupts over alleged St Helier Hospital closure consultation

This would mean the loss of the following services:

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Maternity
  • Paediatrics
  • Intensive Care
  • Cancer Care
  • Coronary Care
  • Emergency Surgery & Emergency Medicine, including Intensive Care

But accountable officer for the SW London CCG Alliance, Sarah Blow said they remain committed to providing a high quality of healthcare.

"We know that both Epsom and St Helier are the only hospitals across south west London which are not able to meet the quality standards set out nationally and regionally, and we also know the estate is not fit for purpose," she said.

"We believe it is not right that some of our patients do not receive the quality of care that we should provide for everybody.

"We need to resolve these longstanding issues. It will require investment into both Epsom and St Helier hospitals to make them high quality facilities, as well as building a new acute facility where very sick patients and those who are at most at-risk can be quickly treated and cared for by senior clinicians in modern, safe buildings."

RELATED: Missed appointments cost Epsom and St Helier hospital trust millions

She added the proposals would not see the closure of any hospitals, but rather 15 per cent of people using Epsom and St Helier would see a change to where they receive care.

In wake of this news, KOSHH issued a statement saying the loss of any acute services would be disastrous.

"We don’t remember any reports which say that we have 'too many hospital beds, or that A&E waiting times were 'too short', or that people lived 'too close to emergency services'.

"The population in this area has never been higher, and is due to increase by an estimated 25 per cent over the next 15 years.

"The people of South West London and Surrey deserve to have access to our existing Acute NHS hospitals which have served us so well over the last 71 years."

Ms McDonagh has long opposed any cuts to St Helier and isn't changing her view after this.

"People who live in Mitcham and Morden simply wont go to Sutton and as a result put more strain on St George's Hospital," she said.

"The plans don't work for people who live closer to St Helier and it doesn’t work for the entire constituents."