Minister of Health Question Time

July 23, 2012 9:32 AM

Local MP Tom Brake won a meeting with the Minister of State for the Department of Health to discuss the "Better Services Better Value" review after pressing him on the issue during the minister's Question Time on Tuesday.

Tom's fight to point out the flaws in the review that he believes led to a dangerous recommendation to shutter the A&E and maternity wards of St Helier Hospital continued during a question session in the House of Commons.

When selected for a topical question Tom asked Mr Simon Burns, "The clinician-led "Better Services Better Value" review has condemned the accident and emergency unit, and the maternity and children's wards at St Helier hospital, because it expects out-of-hospital services to be expanded instead. Will the Secretary of State meet me to discuss local concerns that the £5 million allocated to provide the out-of-hospital services will be totally inadequate to the task?"

Mr Burns replied: "I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that question. As he knows, any proposals for service changes will be subject to the Secretary of State's four tests and a full three-month public consultation across south-west London, which I am sure the right hon. Gentleman and his constituents will take part in. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will be more than happy to meet him to discuss the matter further."

No date has been set yet for the meeting between the two men.

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