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Labour Candidates say ‘Save St Helier’

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Members from the Carshalton & Wallington and Sutton & Cheam Labour Parties, including Parliamentary candidates Emily Brothers, Siobhan Tate and candidates in the local elections met with Shadow Health Secretary the Right Hon Andy Burnham MP on 25 March 2014. They asked for his support for a petition against proposed closures to essential NHS services at St Helier Hospital including our A&E, maternity and pathology departments and for the reinstatement of the pledge to spend £219 million to redevelop the hospital.

Emily Brothers, parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam, continued:
"After both Sutton Lib Dem MPs Paul Burstow and Tom Brake ignored thousands of local voices and voted through the Tory-drafted Hospital Closure Clause earlier this month, we knew that the one place local people could turn to for real help was Labour.
“We asked Andy to stand with the people who have signed our petition and contact Sutton and Merton Clinical Commissioning Groups to ask that they engage with the community and campaigners to secure St Helier's future.
“Labour will repeal the Burstow Hospital Closure Clause and internal market, putting patients at the heart of our NHS, enabling clinicians to focus on care not competition.”

Mr Burnham has agreed to write to the CCG’s to request that they hold public meetings outside the normal working day on the future of St Helier where as many as possible residents’ questions and concerns could be addressed in a transparent and open way, giving clear and accurate information to a community left in the dark about our hospital. His letter will be delivered with the petition with the help of Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden.
Mr Burnham thanked local campaigners for their efforts on behalf of the community, our hospital and our NHS.

St Helier Hospital is a major teaching hospital for St George’s Hospital, University of London and a part of the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. St Helier Hospital was built to serve the St Helier Estate and surrounding areas in 1938. The site is also home to the world-famous Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children.
St Helier has a 24-hour accident and emergency department, a newly refurbished maternity unit and a comprehensive range of diagnostic facilities within pathology and radiology (including MRI and CT scanning, ultrasound and vascular diagnostic services). All emergency surgery in the Trust is performed at St Helier.
Plans for re-development were agreed in 2010 and the present government made a commitment to the programme in 2012. The St Helier Hospital re-development plans included:
• £127 million on a new state-of-the-art hospital building, which would have house the majority of the hospital's wards and clinics;
• The new building would have had 346 beds, including 50 per cent in single rooms;
• £40 million was to have been spent on upgrading the remainder of the hospital site, including operating theatres;
• £17 million would have been spent on opening a new local care centre, where people could have received diagnostic tests and x-ray;
• A purpose-built outpatients department, centralised eye clinic and dedicated pharmacy;
• A new multi-decked car park making it easier for patients, visitors and staff to park on the site, as well as significant improvements to the hospital's entrances and exits.

Present at the meeting (Left to Right in Photograph) were:
• Sandra Ash (Keep Our St Helier Hospital campaign);
• Niki Rosenbaum (Labour Candidate for ST Helier);
• Councillor John Keys (Labour – Beddington North);
• Siobhan Tate (Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Carshalton and Wallington);
• Andy Burnham MP (Labour Shadow Health Secretary);
• Emily Brothers (Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam and Council Candidate in Sutton Central);
• Bonnie Craven (Labour Candidate);
• Andrew Theobald (Labour Candidate for St Helier).

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