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Protests tomorrow as Sutton GPs decide whether they support BSBV proposals to downgrade St Helier hospital
Protests are expected tomorrow as Sutton’s doctors meet to decide whether they support frontline closures at St Helier hospital.
In the first real test of the government’s policy, putting GPs in charge of local healthcare, the seven Clinical Commissioning Groups in the region are deciding this month whether they support the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review proposals to shut St Helier’s accident and emergency and maternity departments.
If one CCG does not approve the proposals then the review will not be able to go ahead.
Sutton CCG is expected to make its decision tomorrow in public at 1pm in the St Bedes Conference Centre, next to St Raphael's Hospice in North Cheam.
Council leader Ruth Dombey and MPs Paul Burstow and Tom Brake are urging people to attend the meeting to demonstrate the strength of feeling against the review which they argue is flawed and based on contested assumptions and poor data.
The Carshalton and Wallington Labour party staged a protest at the headquarters of Sutton CCG, Faccini House, in Morden, on Tuesday
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