Message from Cllr Nigel Collin – 6 August 2019
As your Councillor, I am writing to express my deep concern about the long-term future of EGH.
Yesterday, our new Prime Minister announced a further £1.8bn to be spent on our hospital infrastructure of which £800m has been earmarked for 20 hospitals throughout England.
Some analysts are reporting this as a cynical ploy to prepare for a snap, post Brexit election.
The fight to keep ALL of EGH’s services is now entering a crucial phase.
The leader of Merton Council , local MP Siobhain McDonagh and the Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) Campaign group have all voiced their concern for the future of the hospital at St Helier following the submission of a pre-consultation plan to NHS England.
The pre-consultation plan submitted to NHS England , which has not been published by the NHS, ranks three options for the future of the Trust, with downgrading both St Helier and Epsom Hospitals and building a new hospital in Sutton coming out on top.
This would mean the loss of the following services:
- Accident & Emergency
- Intensive Care
- Cancer Care
- Coronary Care
- Emergency Surgery & Emergency Medicine, including Intensive Care
I do not believe that the proposed loss of these services from EGH will benefit Epsom’s residents and, like the St Helier campaign, feel that it is essential to maintain the status quo.
The assurance that 85% of current services will continue is of little comfort to an expectant mother who has to travel the additional 15 minutes or so to “the new Sutton hospital”.
Although no decision has yet been taken and it is subject to a public consultation later in the year, the direction of travel is clear and must be resisted.
Currently, there is no NHS funding allocated for the newbuild at Sutton and this will be considered in HMG’s spending review this Autumn. If funding is not forthcoming, the position may well result in the transfer of the services listed above away from EGH to St Helier hospital to the detriment of Epsom ‘s residents.
If you are as concerned as I am about this, I would urge you to do the following;
The level of residents’ support for the retention of EGH’s current services will have a bearing on the chances of influencing the public consultation’s outcome.
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