Campaigners praise Surrey Downs CCG recommendation for GPs to vote against BSBV proposals in secret ballot (From This Is Local London)
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Campaigners praise Surrey Downs CCG recommendation for GPs to vote against BSBV proposals in secret ballot
Health campaigners have welcomed Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group’s (SDCCG) recommendation to its GPs to reject the controversial proposals to axe Epsom Hospital’s acute services in a secret ballot.
SDCCG announced on Thursday that a secret online ballot of Surrey Downs GPs will be held on whether they agree with the proposals set out in the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review, which would involve Epsom Hospital losing its A&E, maternity and children’s departments.
The CCG has sent each GP in the area an information pack, including a recommendation that they should vote against the proposals.
Bess Harding MBE, founder of the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, urges residents to ask their GPs to vote against the proposals.
She said: "Please, GPs, for the sake of your patients think long and hard and vote against the BSBV proposals.
"Only 15 per cent of patients need the services of an acute hospital whilst 85 per cent need Epsom Hospital.
"Patients must also remember they have a choice - patient choice - which is when they decide where they want to go for further investigation and treatment.
"As money follows the patient by opting for Epsom Hospital it will ensure it has a long-term future with funding for updating medical equipment."
Mrs Harding believes that no service at the hospital should be axed because of the high number of housing developments recently constructed, under construction or being planned in Epsom, increasing the population of the town.
Campaigner Jane Race added: "It is very good to hear that SDCCG are looking after the interests of Surrey patients rather than allowing services and staff to be removed from the area in order to improve services in London.
"BSBV proposals would endanger the lives and health of the Surrey population by removing essential services."
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