Fears about the future of healthcare in the London Borough of Merton have been eased following a Government assurance that residents will get the best treatment and service possible.
The Council put forward its concerns about a reduction in services at St Helier Hospital and about whether proposals for new local care centres would materialise, in a letter to the Health Secretary. These new care centres would be at the St Helier, Wilson and Nelson hospitals.
In response, Merton Council has been told that the ‘Better Healthcare Closer to Home’ programme team is focused on finding a way to improve the St Helier Hospital site.
Minister of State for Health Services, Ben Bradshaw MP, says it will be in the context of reviewing the longer-term clinical and financial viability of hospitals across the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust.
He asked the Council to continue its discussions with the PCT to ensure residents are informed of developments.
Councillor David Williams says: “I am relieved by the Government’s response to my concerns and its assurance that Merton residents will be put first. The Council wants to ensure promises are fulfilled and the needs of local people are met.”