Local People Show their Support for St Helier.

October 14, 2009 4:33 PM

Tom Brake MP has expressed his delight at the large number of local people who wrote to NHS London at his request to state their support for the Better Healthcare Closer to Home (BHCH) programme. The BHCH project will rebuild and refurbish St Helier Hospital as well as create a network of local care centres.

Mr Brake wrote to Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of NHS London, at the start of August to seek reassurances that the BHCH would not be delayed or derailed. NHS London have now told Tom that over 800 local people have also contacted Sir Richard to express their concern about the future of St Helier Hospital.

Commenting on this news, Tom said 'I am overjoyed that so many people have pledged their support for St Helier Hospital. The large volume of letters shows NHS London that local people believe St Helier Hospital is vital to the health of our community.'

Mr Brake had contacted Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of NHS London, to seek further assurances that the future of the local hospital remains a key priority and won't be derailed by other South-West London or Pan-London reviews.

Sir Richard assured him that it is not NHS London's expectation that the BHCH programme will be delayed or derailed and asked Tom to make sure that concerned members of the public are made aware of this position.

Tom said 'I am glad that NHS London are committed to the planned rebuilding and refurbishment of St Helier. St Helier remains the number one issue for me and my constituents. I will keep everyone updated on any progress or new developments.'

In health questions yesterday Tom told the Minister of State for Health, Mr. Mike O'Brien, that more than 800 people had written to NHS London and asked him to confirm that no block on the Better Healthcare Closer to Home Programme will be caused by a south-west London review or a pan London review.

The Minister confirmed to Tom that the future of St Helier looks to be good and that the Government hopes to announce some progress on the hospital in the near future.

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