This week, Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust has launched a discussion on the funding needed for, and future of, healthcare in our area.
Commenting on the news Tom Brake said:
‘‘During the General Election, I consistently made the case for St Helier to get the £219 million plus of investment which was scrapped by the Conservative Government.
“We have a great local hospital with hardworking staff who deliver good care, but they're let down by outdated, poor quality buildings - 43% of which are not suitable to deliver modern healthcare.
“I am pleased to see that the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, which runs St Helier Hospital, is putting together a case to secure up to £400 million of investment to replace out-dated buildings with modern, purpose-built facilities.’’
“This is just the start of the process and no decision has been made - that's why it's really important that local people get involved and let the Trust know what you think.”
In a stakeholder briefing note called, ‘Providing high quality healthcare services 2020 – 2030’, it says:
In 2015, the Trust began a comprehensive review of what clinicians and healthcare professionals believed they would need to deliver high quality healthcare from 2020 onwards.
The Trust is now using this to commence an engagement programme, sharing scenarios of how it can deliver high quality care locally and meet the new national guidelines. The Trust is opening up the discussion to as wide an audience as possible to engage them prior to deciding which of the choices is strong enough and has the widest support. This will be used to take forward a business case to government and the NHS. It will require a significant capital investment circa £300 - £400 million.
To make sure the Trust has the strongest and best case possible, it is asking for local people to input their ideas from 10 July to 30 September. This will be used to help to deliver the best and most sustainable outcome for delivering high quality healthcare for local people from 2020 and beyond.
No decisions have been taken and the Trust is asking for everyone’s views. This engagement is at a very early stage of a long process (which could take several years) to get approval and funding.
At the end of September, the Trust will use the views it receives to create the initial outline case to submit to the NHS capital projects team. They will look at the proposal to assess the case for such a large investment.
You can find out more and get involved in the engagement programme here.