Merton Council are due to hold a meeting at 7:15pm, on Tuesday the 21st of July 2020. The meeting is of the Healthier Communities and Older People Overview and Scrutiny Panel.
The Agenda for this meeting includes an item entitled "Improving Healthcare Together - Proposals for St Helier Hospital", and it also includes a link to this draft letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the topic.
"The Council is hugely sceptical about whether it is in the interests of the users of the health service in its area for acute services at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, in effect, to be amalgamated on a single site."
For this letter, and this position, we commend Merton Council for caring for the health and wellbeing of its residents, and for treating this matter with the seriousness that it deserves. The loss of our local major acute hospitals is a very important issue, and is likely to affect every resident of Merton, Sutton & Surrey directly, and to also have a knock-on effect to hundreds of thousands of people who live farther afield.
"The Council is concerned that, despite the considerable proposed investment, the plans will result in fewer doctors, fewer beds and an overall reduction in services for local people."
Let us all encourage Merton to go forward with the decision to "refer back" so that this reckless and dangerous reconfiguration can be halted - we would like to ask that if you live in Merton, you might wish to write to your councillors (find their contact details here) to encourage that this letter be sent.
"...this appears to the Council to be a reconfiguration project which has been “ego driven” by senior Trust managers who have used force of personality to drive forward the reconfiguration agenda rather than being an “evidence driven” process."
For anyone who lives in Sutton, Cheam, Carshalton, Wallington, Epsom, Ewell, Croydon, Kingston, Wandsworth, or Richmond, we would ask that you also write to your local councillors (find their contact details here) and ask that they too exercise their considerable powers to stop these dangerous IHT plans from destroying our local and National Health Service.
"The consultation should not have continued through the Covid-19 pandemic and everyone should have stopped and asked themselves difficult questions about whether this was the right way forward. That was not done. The Council thus invites the Secretary of State to refer this matter to the IRP for a thorough analysis."
The KOSHH/KOEH Campaign supports Merton Council in this effort. It is now time for Sutton Council, Surrey County Council, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, and indeed councillors at Wandsworth, Croydon, Kingston and Richmond to take their responsibilities to their residents seriously. Please join us in calling for them to take action on this most serious issue.
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