On the 10th of November 2017, the Epsom & St Helier Trust Board decided to proceed with their plan to remove Acute Services from one or both of Epsom hospital AND St Helier hospitals.
At a board meeting on the 10th of November 2017, despite significant opposition, a whole series of relevant questions being raised, and no satisfactory answers being provided, the Epsom & St Helier Trust board chose to proceed with their plan.
One of the questions pointed out that the Epsom & St Helier Trust had 759 "Acute Beds" in 2014, and this plan seeks to reduce that number to just 500. These figures were issued by the Trust in a Freedom of Information Response back in 2014 - you can read it for yourself here:
We already have fewer hospital beds per thousand people than almost every country in Europe, and the population in this area has grown enormously since 2014, and this increase is expected to continue for at least the next decade. Yet the people in charge of the current two Acute hospitals which serve this population, have decided that it is appropriate to slash Acute hospital bed numbers by a further THIRD.
Read our detailed piece about hospital bed numbers in England from 2016 (in fact, the reality would be far worse under these latest plans)
Now the plan will be passed on to the CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) in our area, as it is they who hold the purse strings.
Coincidentally, this plan to remove services such as A&E, Maternity, Childrens, Emergency Surgery, Intensive Care, Cardiac Care and Cancer Care from one or two of the hospitals in South West London is completely in line with the STP (Sustainability and Transformation Partnership) which is currently being promoted by the CCGs.
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