'Fight to save St Helier Hospital is by no means over', Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake warns

This Is Local London: Tom Brake with campaigners outside St Helier Hospital Tom Brake with campaigners outside St Helier Hospital

The fight to save St Helier Hospital is by no means over, an MP has warned.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake visited the hospital on Friday, January 10, to hear an update on the hospital’s performance and be interviewed on Radio St Helier.

He vowed to continue the fight to keep the hospital’s A&E, maternity and children’s services open.

The unpopular proposals by the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review to downgrade the hospital were halted in November when Surrey and South Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) voted against it, in a move which led to the exit of Epsom Hospital from the review.

BSBV suffered a final blow when the remaining six south-west London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) released a joint statement saying BSBV’s proposals were now invalid, following Surrey Downs' withdrawal, and BSBV's decision making committee was to be dissolved.

Mr Brake said:“The BSBV review was flawed and had absolutely no local support, so the announcement spelling the end of BSBV is most welcome news.

“Unfortunately the fight to save St Helier is by no means over.

"The challenges facing local NHS services did not go away when BSBV was binned and we can expect other proposals, intent on reorganising hospital services in south-west London to emerge.

“This is why in 2014, I will continue to spread the word about the campaign and show the strength of local feeling against any plans to downgrade our hospital. It helps to know that I have thousands of local residents behind me on this issue.

“Whatever new proposals come our way, axing the A&E, maternity and children’s services from St Helier hospital is simply unacceptable.

"I will continue to stand up for local residents who look to St Helier Hospital for their emergency care.”

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6:03pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Binsanity says...

Usual hot air and posturing from Brake. Bit late on the bus, must be an election looming.
Usual hot air and posturing from Brake. Bit late on the bus, must be an election looming. Binsanity

7:53pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Niki R says...

And yet he still won't vote against Clause 118 which could give their Government the power to close hospital services without consultation or notice, preferring to hang on to his Ministerial salary and perks. Hypocrisy doesn't start to describe what Brake is up to.
And yet he still won't vote against Clause 118 which could give their Government the power to close hospital services without consultation or notice, preferring to hang on to his Ministerial salary and perks. Hypocrisy doesn't start to describe what Brake is up to. Niki R

3:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

St Helier Hospital is closing ? Again ?!!!
St Helier Hospital is closing ? Again ?!!! Marie from Sutton

10:24am Wed 22 Jan 14

Niki R says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
St Helier Hospital is closing ? Again ?!!!
Marie, they are threatening to close our A&E, maternity, renal, pathology and children's services and we face the loss of 170 beds. It will leave the hospital offering less than half the services it currently gives to the community, making it economically unviable- and what do you think will happen to it then?

Please write to Tom Brake and Paul Burstow ASAP. We have stalled the closures for over a year, by stopping the review tha's made the recommendations from going to public consultation (which was a sham anyway.) Brake and Burstow are in Government. They could stop this, but they keep voting with their new Tory pals to cut, cut, cut.

Clause 118 must be stopped- it would enable closures without consulation. Tom Brake treasures his Ministerial position and salary, and has told me in writing that he will not vote to stop it- a shameless betrayal of local people, and reveals his claims to be 'fighting' for St Helier to be a tissue of lies. We must put pressure on him to DO SOMETHING and not just turn up for photo ops!
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: St Helier Hospital is closing ? Again ?!!![/p][/quote]Marie, they are threatening to close our A&E, maternity, renal, pathology and children's services and we face the loss of 170 beds. It will leave the hospital offering less than half the services it currently gives to the community, making it economically unviable- and what do you think will happen to it then? Please write to Tom Brake and Paul Burstow ASAP. We have stalled the closures for over a year, by stopping the review tha's made the recommendations from going to public consultation (which was a sham anyway.) Brake and Burstow are in Government. They could stop this, but they keep voting with their new Tory pals to cut, cut, cut. Clause 118 must be stopped- it would enable closures without consulation. Tom Brake treasures his Ministerial position and salary, and has told me in writing that he will not vote to stop it- a shameless betrayal of local people, and reveals his claims to be 'fighting' for St Helier to be a tissue of lies. We must put pressure on him to DO SOMETHING and not just turn up for photo ops! Niki R

4:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

Hi Niki,
Not likely to close as St Georges and Croydon cannot cope as is.
St Helier has been earnmarked for downgrating / closure for over 7 years now and, like a merry go round, it changes from month to month.
The worry is that Consultants, Drs, Nurses are reluctant to come and work at the Trust due to the incertainty. If you cannot recruit and keep staff, then it is a worry. Also the morale, I hear, is abysmal.
I have now become more savy re. quality of care and patient choice. Just made sure one of my child has been referred to a speciality service with a consultant who has a international reputation at a Cental London Hospital (I will travel to get the best). Just told my Doctor I wanted my child to be referred to so and so and this happened within two weeks. I would not dream of sending my child to St Helier as their mantra is 'cut cost' ' "cut cost' and get patients out of the door as son as. I wil vote labour as "their heart is in the right place" even if our taxpayer money is wasted.
Hi Niki, Not likely to close as St Georges and Croydon cannot cope as is. St Helier has been earnmarked for downgrating / closure for over 7 years now and, like a merry go round, it changes from month to month. The worry is that Consultants, Drs, Nurses are reluctant to come and work at the Trust due to the incertainty. If you cannot recruit and keep staff, then it is a worry. Also the morale, I hear, is abysmal. I have now become more savy re. quality of care and patient choice. Just made sure one of my child has been referred to a speciality service with a consultant who has a international reputation at a Cental London Hospital (I will travel to get the best). Just told my Doctor I wanted my child to be referred to so and so and this happened within two weeks. I would not dream of sending my child to St Helier as their mantra is 'cut cost' ' "cut cost' and get patients out of the door as son as. I wil vote labour as "their heart is in the right place" even if our taxpayer money is wasted. Marie from Sutton

12:58pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Tom_Brake says...

I have not said in writing that I will not stop Clause 118, what I have said is that Clause 118 does not allow for the ‘fast track’ closure, privatisation or downgrading of any hospital and does not affect hospitals like St Helier. Clause 118 is only to be used when a healthcare provider is in the failure regime.

The threat to St Helier Hospital has been due to an NHS review and the review is thankfully invalid, although the threat has not gone away. I am sure you are aware that the NHS budget is protected. It is an unhelpful move on your part, as a Labour activist, to scare people by misrepresenting Clause 118. For your information my Ministerial position is unpaid.
I have not said in writing that I will not stop Clause 118, what I have said is that Clause 118 does not allow for the ‘fast track’ closure, privatisation or downgrading of any hospital and does not affect hospitals like St Helier. Clause 118 is only to be used when a healthcare provider is in the failure regime. The threat to St Helier Hospital has been due to an NHS review and the review is thankfully invalid, although the threat has not gone away. I am sure you are aware that the NHS budget is protected. It is an unhelpful move on your part, as a Labour activist, to scare people by misrepresenting Clause 118. For your information my Ministerial position is unpaid. Tom_Brake

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