Where’s the money for St Helier hospital Jeremy ?

Commenting on the news that Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary visited St Helier hospital today Tom Brake said:

‘‘I hope that Jeremy Hunt will have had the decency to explain why Paul Scully, Conservative Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, said he can't understand why any junior Doctor would want to work at St Helier and why a wannabe Conservative Councillor has called for the hospital to be demolished.

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Residents won’t forget that it is Jeremy Hunt himself who scrapped the £219 million that had been set aside for St Helier. I am afraid it is clear that you can't trust the Tories with St Helier and our NHS.’’

In response to a recent Written Question by Tom Brake, the Health Minister confirmed that there was no allocated funding for St Helier Hospital and that at the time of replying Ministers had not met with the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust to discuss its future. 

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Note to editor

In June 2015, during Prime Minister’s Questions, Tom Brake MP asked the then Chancellor George Osborne:

Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington) (LD): The Chancellor will be aware that under the coalition, £219 million was allocated to rebuilding St Helier hospital. Will he restate the commitment to that funding so that we can save St Helier?

Mr Osborne: 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. What we have done is to commit to the Simon Stevens plan for the national health service—an additional £8 billion of NHS spending —which is something we can only do if we have our public finances in better order and we are growing our economy, which is precisely what we are doing.

However a follow up letter to the Chancellor, responded to in August 2015 by the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, demonstrated no commitment saying “neither the Department of Health nor the Treasury is currently considering any capital or financing applications for the Trust.”  

Parliamentary questions

The Department of Health has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (71532):

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated in the NHS budget to enable the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust to rebuild St Helier Hospital. (71532)

Tabled on: 21 April 2017

Answer:

Mr Philip Dunne:

Centrally held data, available from 2014/15 onwards, indicates that no specific central funding has been provided by the Department for projects related to the rebuilding of St Helier Hospital. There are currently no formal applications with either the Department or NHS Improvement seeking funding for this purpose in future years.

The answer was submitted on 27 Apr 2017 at 09:24.

The Department of Health has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (71613):

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Ministers in his Department last discussed the future of St Helier Hospital with the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. (71613)

Tabled on: 21 April 2017

Answer:

Mr Philip Dunne:

Based upon available diary evidence, there are no records of Ministers having specifically met with the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust to discuss the future of St Helier Hospital.

The answer was submitted on 27 Apr 2017 at 09:34.