On the 17th June I directly challenged the Chancellor, George Osborne, on whether the previously promised £219million was still available to help re-build St. Helier Hospital.
I was delighted when the Chancellor replied, “We did commit to that hospital project, and provided that it continues to represent value for money, which I am pretty clear that it does, we will go on providing that support.”
I then wrote to the Chancellor to ask him about the support he was offering. Now the bad news. Unfortunately the next reply (from Jeremy Hunt MP, the Health Secretary) didn’t demonstrate the same degree of commitment.
It said, “neither the Department of Health nor the Treasury is currently considering any capital or financing applications for the Trust.” Whatever happened to the undertaking given just a few months earlier that ‘we will go on providing that support’?
I have fought long and hard with local residents, patients, NHS staff and Councillors to get the money for St Helier Hospital. We will not let the Conservative Government’s u-turn derail the campaign to save our A+E and maternity.
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I, the undersigned, call on South London CCGs to keep open St Helier Hospital's A&E department, Maternity ward and Children’s ward. To also develop a plan which has local support, is based on solid evidence and provides desperately needed services in the community.