The Better Services Better Value (BSBV) team has said it welcomed the chance to explain the case for proposed changes which will "save lives and improve services" at a meeting to discuss the future of Epsom Hospital.

Jill Evans and Michael Bailey, accompanied by other BSBV representatives, gave presentations and answered questions from the public, at a meeting to discuss what the BSBV review could mean for Epsom, held at Blenheim High School, on Thursday.

Although MP Chris Grayling said the responses made by the BSBV at the meeting were "very insubstantial and lacked detail", a BSBV spokesman said the team was "pleased to be able to clear up a few misapprehensions about the programme".

He said: "Local doctors from Surrey and colleagues from south west London welcomed the opportunity to explain the case for change to local people.

"It is important that we understand people’s concerns.

"There is clear evidence that changes being proposed would save lives and improve services and we will be looking to explain why change is needed and talk to more people as we move towards public consultation.

"We would emphasise that, at this point, no decisions have been made and the clinicians’ recommendations do not specify which services should be in which hospital - that work is still to be done.

"Any proposals that are agreed will be subject to full public consultation, with more events like this and the chance for everyone to have their say."