On 6th January, I attended a meeting in Ewell with representatives from the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Surrey Downs, Sutton, and Merton to receive an update of the options being put forward, and to hear the announcement of the launch of the ‘Improving Healthcare Together Programme’ consultation which is now open until 1st April 2020. You can view the consultation documents and other information here: https://improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk/consultation/
KOSHH (Keep Our St Helier Hospital) have been campaigning for years fighting to prevent the downgrading of our two major acute hospitals, St Helier and Epsom.
On 28th January I attended the Scrutiny Health and Social Care Sub-Committee and raised the issue of the proposals for the two hospitals and the preferred option of a single hospital in Sutton and the possible shortages of beds in Sutton which would increase demand in Croydon University Hospital and other neighbouring hospitals and the impact that would have on residents in Croydon and Sutton. See an extract of the webcasted meeting http://webcasting.croydon.gov.uk/meetings/8781 (Time 2.30.39 – 2.44.37).
Now, in order for Croydon Council to develop their response to the consultation we will be holding a workshop for councillors, inviting the health and social care scrutiny members, health and wellbeing board members and others to attend to discuss and formulate the response.There was a Sutton Council meeting last night (12th Feb) where the potential hospital closures were discussed. Questions were asked and representatives attended the meeting to ask searching questions about the proposals as we need the best solution for the residents.
One of the major health unions, GMB, are holding a series of Public Meetings about the plan to remove all acute services services from Epsom and /or St Helier Hospitals .
That means the removal of A&E, Maternity, Paediatrics, Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Cancer Care, Emnergency Medicine and Emergency Surgery-plus a whole lot more.
They have asked KOSHH/ KOEH to speak along with other guest speakers. They should be lively meetings.
The first is on 27th Feb 8pm at the Myers Room at Epsom Playhouse. KT18 5AL – KOSHH and Dr Bob Gill confirmed speakers, others to be confirmed.
Followed by 5th March 8pm at The Thomas Wall Centre. SM1 4DP. KOSHH confirmed speakers, others to be confirmed.
12th March 8pm at Sutton United Football Club SM1 2EY
Dr Bob Gill will present his new film “The Great NHS Heist” at Harold Wilson Hall on 29th Feb, 2 – 5pm. Open to all.
111c Stayton Road, Sutton SM1 2PS