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Brake's Question Confirms State-of-the-Art St Helier Still on the Cards

May 15, 2009 3:56 PM

In Parliament this week, local Lib Dem MP Tom Brake raised the stakes in his ongoing campaign to secure the funding needed to redevelop St Helier Hospital.

Following on from his recent success in forcing Gordon Brown to give St Helier's business case a fair hearing, Mr Brake secured further concessions from the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson.

In an answer to Tom in Health Questions in the Chamber on Tuesday, Mr Johnson confirmed that the redevelopment of St Helier "is the type of project that we (the Government) want to succeed". He went on to say that bringing St Helier into the 21st Century is "absolutely essential."

"This will come as welcome news to local people" said Tom. "It comes hot on the heels of assurances from the Prime Minister. It's evident that things are moving in the right direction."

"My priority has always been to secure the best quality local care in local beds for local patients. Re-building the hospital would also create local jobs for local people."

"In the last few months, key members of the Government, including the Prime Minister himself, have said the right things and made the right noises. Now what's needed is concrete action to 'Sign the Cheque' and 'Save Our St Helier' concluded Mr Brake.

Residents can add their name to the Lib Dem petition to 'Save Our St Helier' at www.tombrake.co.uk/petitions/

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