Tom Brake has strongly condemned threatened cuts to health services across the UK, including the possible closure of St Helier hospital in Carshalton and Wallington.
Full details of 44 reviews of services around the country - part of the government’s sustainability and transformation plans - which involve closing some A&Es or, in South West London, a whole hospital, had not been made public until some local Councils, including Lib Dem run Sutton Council, rebelled and released NHS plans recently. They can be read here http://www.swlccgs.nhs.uk/our-plan/.
A report by The King’s Fund suggests that NHS England had told local managers to keep the plans "out of the public domain" and avoid requests for information, whilst managers were even taught how to reject freedom of information requests.
Changes are being explored which may see the closure of one or more hospitals in South West London, including St Helier in Carshalton. Tom Brake MP has been a champion for St Helier for the last 25 years, and will fight these plans.
“To make these health cuts shows a flagrant government disrespect for the NHS. St Helier hospital provides vital and life-saving services every single day to my constituents, and I will not allow it to be targeted simply because it is geographically convenient.
Any attempts to remove our A&E, maternity and inpatient services from the borough will be met by the stiffest possible community resistance.”