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Multi-million pound St Helier Hospital review by BSBV scrapped

A healthcare review which has cost taxpayers millions of pounds and made no significant changes to healthcare over the last three years has finally been scrapped.

Sutton Guardian: A banner still adorns St Helier Hospital saying the redevelopment is 'coming soon' St Helier Hospital

An announcement from the six Clinical Commissioning Groups in south west London, this morning, said they now want to develop a new five year strategy for local health services instead of continuing with their Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review.

Over the last three years St Helier Hospital has been hampered by BSBV which has twice threatened to axe its A&E, maternity and children’s services.

The failed healthcare review has cost taxpayers a staggering £8.2m over three years even though none of its proposals were implemented.

A consequence of the review was revealed earlier this month when it emerged the £219m redevelopment of St Helier Hospital was unlikely to go ahead due to the uncertainty it had faced under BSBV.

A statement from BSBV said: “We do not propose to continue with our BSBV programme or to consult on the options that emerged from it, which have now been withdrawn.

“The next step will be for us to discuss our new approach with our boards and with local provider trusts and seek their support for it. We plan to announce our five-year strategy in June 2014.”

A statement from the Epsom and St Helier trust revealed they will remove the giant banner which adorns the front of the hospital stating that the £219m redevelopment is 'coming soon'.

Sutton Guardian: Epsom and St Helier chief exec Matthew Hopkins

The chief executive of St Helier Hospital, Matthew Hopkins, said: “It has been a long road for us, which involved times of uncertainty for the future of our services, our patients and our staff. I’d like to thank our staff and volunteers who throughout this time have kept their focus on the day job and have continued to provide high quality care to our patients.

“We are absolutely committed to working with our clinical commissioning groups in further improving healthcare in the region.

“Patients should be assured that the broad range of outpatient, day case and inpatient services remain available at our two main sites.

"Just like all other NHS trusts across the country, we are developing a business plan for the future of our hospitals and services (including long-term financial modelling), which provides details of how we will continue to provide high quality care in an affordable, efficient way." 

The hospital will be working with commissioners over the coming months to develop their five year strategy.

Hospital campaigners are still concerned for the future of St Helier Hospital. The region’s health bosses, the CCGs, have pledged to continue supporting BSBV's case for change and are proposing to use BSBV's analysis in developing their plans over the next five years.


Sutton Guardian: Paul Burstow MP

Paul Burstow the MP for Sutton and Cheam said: "My concern is on one hand they are reassuring the public they have dropped BSBV's plans and at the same time they say they are going to use BSBV's methods. Given they were heavily flawed - would they reach the same flawed conclusion?"


Sutton Guardian:

Ruth Dombey the leader of Sutton Council said: “The Council and the public had significant concerns about the BSBV proposals and we’re pleased that the programme has been disbanded.  We need to work together with our healthcare partners to develop robust plans so that we can secure the long-term future of St Helier Hospital”


Sutton Guardian: Siobhain McDonagh

Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden, said: "I think it's a step forward but we need to take it all in because clearly it's going to have consequences for hospitals. We have crossed one hurdle but I'm not under any illusion that there won't be more.

"It doesn't answer what is happening to the £219m that is in the country's books but the local health service is not using. I'd like to see the refurbishment of St Helier that could be there if they just use the money that has been allotted for it."


Sutton Guardian:

Tom Brake the MP for Carshalton and Wallington said: "Good riddance to BSBV. It was flawed, too narrowly focused and costly. But the nightmare isn't over yet. New plans will emerge eventually and these must secure St Helier's long term future. That is what I have been fighting for for over twenty years and will continue to fight for until our hospital is safe.'


Sutton Guardian:

Paul Scully, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam, said: "I am glad that the clinicians that led the ill-fated BSBV review have realised the depth of feeling of local people. Now we need stability."


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Comments (25)

18/02/14

Giles C says...

Well done to the whole community for getting this scrapped..
No doubt the dynamic duo of Brake and Burstow will try and say it was all down to them when most sane people know otherwise....
Also can we now look into how Dr Brendon Hudson the ex Lib Dem mayor managed to make such a **** up of the Sutton CCG that was involved in this?

18/02/14

tjames says...

normal for public sector--OPM

18/02/14

Michael Pantlin says...

Giles C wrote:
Well done to the whole community for getting this scrapped..
No doubt the dynamic duo of Brake and Burstow will try and say it was all down to them when most sane people know otherwise....
Also can we now look into how Dr Brendon Hudson the ex Lib Dem mayor managed to make such a **** up of the Sutton CCG that was involved in this?
Excellent observations you make Giles.

18/02/14

Michael Pantlin says...

Good riddance BSBV and at last a spanner in that misleading banner. By the way how much did the banner cost? Bet the Trust will want to keep that among their secrets.

18/02/14

Sameer the First says...

You need to read the full statement. The CCGs are supporting the case set out by BSBV and say major changes that require consultation are likely. BSBV is not continuing, but they still intend to address the issues it raised.

18/02/14

ResidentTony says...

Giles C wrote:
Well done to the whole community for getting this scrapped..
No doubt the dynamic duo of Brake and Burstow will try and say it was all down to them when most sane people know otherwise....
Also can we now look into how Dr Brendon Hudson the ex Lib Dem mayor managed to make such a **** up of the Sutton CCG that was involved in this?
The way you work an anti-Lib Dem dig into every single subject ...............! People might think you were some kind of politician, rather than the sensible, solid local guy you obviously are!

18/02/14

Malcolm P Armsteen says...

Given the complete inaction of local Lib Dem councillors in the face of threats to St Helier, and the acquiescence of local Lib Dem MPs in the legislation which causes those threats, I have no confidence in our CCG representative, given that he is an ex-Lib Dem councillor. They refused to pay for publicity for the campaign to save St Helier, but instead paid to have a heap of rubbish placed in Sutton High Street... Tom Brake says he has a petition, but we have no idea why or when it will be presented, and he says he will vote for Clause 118. We need a new set of local politicians.

18/02/14

Malcolm P Armsteen says...

And I apologise in advance to the clealry non-political ResidentTony for not agreeing with his spaniel-like slaverings over the Lib Dems...

18/02/14

ResidentTony says...

Malcolm P Armsteen wrote:
Given the complete inaction of local Lib Dem councillors in the face of threats to St Helier, and the acquiescence of local Lib Dem MPs in the legislation which causes those threats, I have no confidence in our CCG representative, given that he is an ex-Lib Dem councillor. They refused to pay for publicity for the campaign to save St Helier, but instead paid to have a heap of rubbish placed in Sutton High Street... Tom Brake says he has a petition, but we have no idea why or when it will be presented, and he says he will vote for Clause 118. We need a new set of local politicians.
which party would this new set of politicians ideally belong to, in your opinion. Politicians are not islands - they follow party policy, in the main.

PS - what has an anti-litter campaign got to do with the all-important issue of healthcare?; don't tell me you are another political type - surely not!!!??

18/02/14

Giles C says...

ResidentTony wrote:
Giles C wrote:
Well done to the whole community for getting this scrapped..
No doubt the dynamic duo of Brake and Burstow will try and say it was all down to them when most sane people know otherwise....
Also can we now look into how Dr Brendon Hudson the ex Lib Dem mayor managed to make such a **** up of the Sutton CCG that was involved in this?
The way you work an anti-Lib Dem dig into every single subject ...............! People might think you were some kind of politician, rather than the sensible, solid local guy you obviously are!
Hi Tony
Can i ask what you dont agree with on my comments?
Are you rewriting history and making out that Dr Hudson wasnt Mayor or a Lib Dem stooge?
I am all ears...
Remember i know more than you especially about you...

18/02/14

Giles C says...

ResidentTony wrote:
Malcolm P Armsteen wrote:
Given the complete inaction of local Lib Dem councillors in the face of threats to St Helier, and the acquiescence of local Lib Dem MPs in the legislation which causes those threats, I have no confidence in our CCG representative, given that he is an ex-Lib Dem councillor. They refused to pay for publicity for the campaign to save St Helier, but instead paid to have a heap of rubbish placed in Sutton High Street... Tom Brake says he has a petition, but we have no idea why or when it will be presented, and he says he will vote for Clause 118. We need a new set of local politicians.
which party would this new set of politicians ideally belong to, in your opinion. Politicians are not islands - they follow party policy, in the main.

PS - what has an anti-litter campaign got to do with the all-important issue of healthcare?; don't tell me you are another political type - surely not!!!??
God Tony you really are somewhat dense if you cant see that comparing the litter and the hospital shows where the Admins priorities lie...Its very sad...

18/02/14

suttondad says...

Will there be some kind of compensation to the public purse for the time and money wasted on the consultants who will no longer be required, as for still addressing issues, I look forward to seeing what the new of the body will be, I'm sure we will see some new review with a new abbreviation.

18/02/14

ResidentTony says...

Malcolm P Armsteen wrote:
And I apologise in advance to the clealry non-political ResidentTony for not agreeing with his spaniel-like slaverings over the Lib Dems...
Thank you for managing to keep your comments so respectful when addressing other Sutton Guardian readers.

We know which party you don't like. Giles always manages to work that
into everything he writes on here- he never, never fails on that count!!

Now tell us which party you do like.

18/02/14

Giles C says...

ResidentTony wrote:
Malcolm P Armsteen wrote:
And I apologise in advance to the clealry non-political ResidentTony for not agreeing with his spaniel-like slaverings over the Lib Dems...
Thank you for managing to keep your comments so respectful when addressing other Sutton Guardian readers.

We know which party you don't like. Giles always manages to work that
into everything he writes on here- he never, never fails on that count!!

Now tell us which party you do like.
Tony..its not about Party..its about morals and ethics along with doing what is right for all in the borough..not just what is right to keep political control of the borough..but im sure you are only too well aware of that.
I tell you what on May23rd i will stand next to the wooden animals in Sutton High street wearing a red rose so that you can come and meet me and we can discuss the outcome of the local elections..
You dont have to wear a red rose as i know who you are...

18/02/14

ResidentTony says...

Giles C wrote:
ResidentTony wrote:
Malcolm P Armsteen wrote:
Given the complete inaction of local Lib Dem councillors in the face of threats to St Helier, and the acquiescence of local Lib Dem MPs in the legislation which causes those threats, I have no confidence in our CCG representative, given that he is an ex-Lib Dem councillor. They refused to pay for publicity for the campaign to save St Helier, but instead paid to have a heap of rubbish placed in Sutton High Street... Tom Brake says he has a petition, but we have no idea why or when it will be presented, and he says he will vote for Clause 118. We need a new set of local politicians.
which party would this new set of politicians ideally belong to, in your opinion. Politicians are not islands - they follow party policy, in the main.

PS - what has an anti-litter campaign got to do with the all-important issue of healthcare?; don't tell me you are another political type - surely not!!!??
God Tony you really are somewhat dense if you cant see that comparing the litter and the hospital shows where the Admins priorities lie...Its very sad...
IT SHOWS NO SUCH THING !!

If you save money on the 4 million pound litter bill, there will be more money left for health.

18/02/14

Giles C says...

ResidentTony wrote:
Giles C wrote:
ResidentTony wrote:
Malcolm P Armsteen wrote:
Given the complete inaction of local Lib Dem councillors in the face of threats to St Helier, and the acquiescence of local Lib Dem MPs in the legislation which causes those threats, I have no confidence in our CCG representative, given that he is an ex-Lib Dem councillor. They refused to pay for publicity for the campaign to save St Helier, but instead paid to have a heap of rubbish placed in Sutton High Street... Tom Brake says he has a petition, but we have no idea why or when it will be presented, and he says he will vote for Clause 118. We need a new set of local politicians.
which party would this new set of politicians ideally belong to, in your opinion. Politicians are not islands - they follow party policy, in the main.

PS - what has an anti-litter campaign got to do with the all-important issue of healthcare?; don't tell me you are another political type - surely not!!!??
God Tony you really are somewhat dense if you cant see that comparing the litter and the hospital shows where the Admins priorities lie...Its very sad...
IT SHOWS NO SUCH THING !!

If you save money on the 4 million pound litter bill, there will be more money left for health.
But there will be no litter bins!!!!
Most of the £4mill is spent on wages and vehicles(£2.6mill).

The council cant save £4mill on litter because if they did they would lose the entire street cleaning service including emptying litter bins...
Why do you believe what the council puts out? It isnt true and i have that in an email from the council....

18/02/14

suttondad says...

now now boys, I do believe that there might be two people here with too much time on their hands ;-)

18/02/14

ResidentTony says...

suttondad wrote:
now now boys, I do believe that there might be two people here with too much time on their hands ;-)
you are quite right ! I shan't say another word. Less is more!!

18/02/14

Giles C says...

ResidentTony wrote:
suttondad wrote:
now now boys, I do believe that there might be two people here with too much time on their hands ;-)
you are quite right ! I shan't say another word. Less is more!!
Abit like Suttons Litter policy...

18/02/14

LiberalsOut says...

Malcolm P Armsteen wrote:
Given the complete inaction of local Lib Dem councillors in the face of threats to St Helier, and the acquiescence of local Lib Dem MPs in the legislation which causes those threats, I have no confidence in our CCG representative, given that he is an ex-Lib Dem councillor. They refused to pay for publicity for the campaign to save St Helier, but instead paid to have a heap of rubbish placed in Sutton High Street... Tom Brake says he has a petition, but we have no idea why or when it will be presented, and he says he will vote for Clause 118. We need a new set of local politicians.
Spot on !!!!
Well done Malcolm

18/02/14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Is this a personal forum, or can anyone join in?

Get a room you two!

18/02/14

Niki R says...

I am so proud that a community campaign has seen the end of BSBV, but still we fight for our hospital. The comments above are spot on- we must ask why our Council didn't spend money on promoting the campaign to save St Helier but thought nothing of £4500 (though this is disputed) to dump rubbish in the town centre for a PR stunt. The Lib Dem Councillors across Sutton have done nothing of real use to fight for the hospital, and the St Helier Councillors in particular should be thoroughly ashamed of their inaction. In response to a question I put to them, the Council have said they won't conduct a scrutiny on the costs of this ridiculous process that has seen millions of pounds wasted and the much needed and wanted redevelopment of St Helier stalled. In contrast, unpaid local people and Labour activists have been out in wind and rain collecting signatures against the proposals and Clause 118 (119) that could see hospitals closed without consultation if the Secretary of State deems it so- and yes, Mr Brake, that DOES include St Helier. That damned banner should be delivered to Tom Brake's office along with letters demanding he press for answers on where the money for our hospital has gone. The fight is not over, but we need those with a platform and the authority to do something to up their game, or step aside to allow those of us who HAVE fought for St Helier to gain access to the resources they have failed to tap into in the interests of local services and the local economy.

18/02/14

Niki R says...

PS I'm LOVING how the Lib Dems are piling in with thumbs down votes in any comment that criticises them on this website today. Truth hurts, does it?

18/02/14

Azure1 says...

Matthew Hopkins is quoted as saying “Patients should be assured that the broad range of outpatient, day case and inpatient services remain available at our two main sites." Why no mention of A&E?

18/02/14

ResidentTony says...

Azure1 wrote:
Matthew Hopkins is quoted as saying “Patients should be assured that the broad range of outpatient, day case and inpatient services remain available at our two main sites." Why no mention of A&E?
Well spotted, Azure1. Why indeed?


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