The South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a consultation event on Tuesday 25 April, 6pm – 9pm at the Everyday Church in Wimbledon where the reshaping of local health services, which could lead to the closure of hospital services, will be on the agenda.
NHS managers have made clear they are planning to close one or more of the five accident and emergency (A&E) units in South West London, with St Helier Hospital one of those under threat. Merton Council completely opposes any downgrading or closure of St Helier Hospital and is urging residents to go to the NHS’s Talking Healthcare Forum event on 25 April to make their voices heard and do their bit to save St Helier Hospital.
With a £20billion hole in the NHS budget, the government is asking all local NHS managers to produce draft Sustainability and Transformation Plans and reorganise local health services. The draft STP for Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth makes clear that St Helier Hospital’s A&E and maternity units could close.
Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Merton Council could not be clearer in our opposition to any closure of services at St Helier Hospital, but without the support of residents that will not be enough. We need people to join us at this meeting to stand up for St Helier and say no to closure of the A&E. We will fight any government plans to destroy our precious local hospitals with all our might, and we need your help.”