Last week at Strawberry Lodge in Carshalton, 130 people turned out to hear about options for the future of local hospital services. The meeting was organised and chaired by Carshalton and Wallington’s Lib Dem MP, Tom Brake.
Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of the St Helier Trust and Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council were the main speakers at the event.
Tom Brake said: "At the meeting unsurprisingly, people expressed overwhelming support for retaining critical services at St Helier.
"St Helier serves a large population with a high level of medical need.
"For the sake of the thousands who depend on its care, we need to secure up to £400 million to make St Helier Hospital fit for purpose.”
Overwhelming support for staff at St Helier was also voiced by those who attended.
Cllr Dombey highlighted the role Sutton’s Lib Dem Council has played in supporting the hospital. She said: "It is thanks to Sutton Council that money the Borough has spent on buying land from the Trust in Belmont has been invested in the hospital building, rather than being grabbed by the Treasury.
"We will continue to work in partnership with the hospital Trust to get the best health services possible for our residents.”
The Hospital Trust is running an engagement programme to set out possible options for hospital services, with a number of public events in September. More information can be found here.