Consultation event on reshaping of local health services
The potential closure of the accident and emergency unit at St Helier Hospital is being discussed at a consultation event in Wimbledon.
Residents are being invited along to air their views on Tuesday April 25 from 6pm – 9pm at the Everyday Church in Queen’s Road, Wimbledon.
The South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding the consultation event on the reshaping of local health services, which could lead to the closure of hospital services.
NHS managers have made clear they are planning to close one or more of the five accident and emergency units in South West London, with St Helier Hospital in Rosehill one of those under threat.
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 it 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.”
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April 10, 2017