Last Thursday in Wallington at the Trinity Centre, Maldon Road, the future of Sutton healthcare was discussed at an animated public meeting. A number of questions were put to a panel of representatives including Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Paul Burstow MP for Sutton and Cheam and Councillor Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council and senior healthcare professionals from the GPs and Hospital trust.
Towards the end of the meeting further questions were answered in an open floor session.
Vice Chair of Healthwatch Sutton and chairman of the meeting, David Williams said, "I believe we can count what was a disrupted meeting a sound success. The audience were given vital information that was offered by a high-profile panel."
Tom Brake said, “I think the public meeting did exactly what Healthwatch Sutton set out to achieve – to inform the public of where we stand on healthcare issues in Sutton and how we aim to move forward.
It was another opportunity to let health bosses know we will fight plans to close St. Helier’s A+E and maternity units.”
Paul Burstow added, "It was good to put local health bosses in the spotlight. The commitment to no cuts in service and £78 million investment in improvement by St Helier's Chief Executive was significant. However, Dr Hudson, described some of the challenges facing the NHS in South west London, that mean continued vigilance is essential to safeguarding our local hospital."
Time pressures meant there were questions that were unable to be answered on the evening and Healthwatch Sutton has said they will pass them on to the panel to answer and publish on their websites.