Council Leader calls for NHS Chief to quit as public swell of support grows for St Helier hospital

Following a new NHS five year plan proposing to alter hospital services across South West London, Merton’s Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, has called for the resignation of the Chair of Merton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The latest five year plan for health services in South West London, outlines proposals to “change the way we deliver health services” including the “likely need to reconfigure maternity and neonatal services” and suggests A&E units being downgraded by 2018 with “the introduction of two levels of emergency departments (Major Emergency Centre and Emergency Centre)”.

Cllr Alambritis met with the Chair of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, earlier today, and told him that the result of the local council elections, at which the future of St Helier Hospital was one of the defining issues, meant his position as Chair was no longer tenable.

Following the meeting, Cllr Alambritis said:

“BSBV has been a fiasco and the voters of Merton delivered a devastating verdict. Whilst the local health service were spending millions on flawed plans to shut services at St Helier, Merton’s residents have grown increasingly angry.

“The battle to save St Helier was one of the top issues in the election, and local health bosses must not ignore democracy and just carry on regardless.

“Ultimately, responsibility lies with the Chair, and he has to go. His position is untenable, and if he will not do the decent thing and resign, I will be writing to the Health Secretary demanding that he sacks him as Chair. Merton’s residents have demanded change, and the Chair needs to respond to that.”

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Notes to Editors

  1. The Chair of Merton’s Clinical Commissioning Group is Dr Howard Freeman.