The '£400 million for St Helier' petition is climbing towards 1,300 signatures and continues to gain momentum following a second public meeting about the future of local health services hosted by Carshalton and Wallington’s local MP Tom Brake.
The meeting, at The Centre in Wallington, was attended by almost 100 residents. Tom Brake MP organised this second meeting after the overwhelming interest he received following the first public meeting in Carshalton.
Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of the St Helier Trust, and Dr James Marsh, joint Medical Director, spoke about the funds the Trust needs to replace failing buildings with purpose-built facilities.
Concerns from residents centred mainly around the impact of greater travelling times, the medical benefits of the different options and staffing and funding concerns linked to Conservative government cuts which scrapped the £219 million for St Helier that had previously been made available.
Tom Brake said:
“Over the past few months, I have spoken to hundreds of local residents about our hospital. And their message is very clear, high-quality local healthcare at St Helier Hospital must be guaranteed and the NHS cannot be for sale.
"St Helier Hospital has been an integral part of Carshalton & Wallington and the local community for over 80 years. We need it there for another 80 and this Conservative Government must not let us down.
“I encourage anyone who cares about the future of St Helier to join my campaign demanding that the Government stump up the money our hospital desperately needs.”