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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington


Gap in St Helier Hospital Funding Has to be Plugged - Brake

September 9, 2007 11:01 PM

Commenting on the announcement on Friday by the Better Healthcare Closer to Home team that there is an affordability gap in plans to provide a mixed new build and refurbishment hospital on the St Helier Hospital site, Tom Brake said, "Until this gap is plugged, there are no guarantees about the future of St Helier Hospital and its Accident and Emergency Unit. We need certainty. People's lives depend on it. Only the Secretary of State for Health can provide that certainty"

Tom Brake and Paul Burstow have written to the Secretary of State for Health seeking assurances that this funding will be made available and drawing to the Secretary of State's attention the overwhelming support locally for St Helier Hospital and its A+E. They have also requested a meeting with the Secretary of State to express their concerns face-to-face and a parliamentary debate to keep the pressure up on Ministers.

Mr Burstow also spoke of his renewed concern for the future of Sutton Hospital, in light of the decision not to proceed with the option of it as a site for the General Hospital. Mr Burstow will be writing to the Better Health Closer to Home team to call once again for the site to be used for a Local Care Centre.

Paul Burstow said, "With Sutton Hospital no longer an option as a site for the General Hospital and plans to develop mental health facilities at St Helier, the future of the site is uncertain. This cannot continue. Local people need urgent assurances that Sutton will be the site for a Local Care Centre to provide for the health needs of those in the south of the Borough."

Mr Brake and Mr Burstow have welcomed the news that plans for the four local care hospitals in Wallington and St Helier and at the Wilson and the Nelson Hospitals are to proceed.

Tom Brake and Paul Burstow MP have been campaigning to save St Helier Hospital and its A+E and have raised more than 5,000 signatures in support of their campaign.