Epsom at St Helier Hospital Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins disappointed with proposed downgrade

Sutton Guardian: Epsom at St Helier Hospital Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins Epsom at St Helier Hospital Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins

The chief executive of the Epsom and St Helier trust has expressed his “disappointment” at the recommendation to severely downgrade both hospitals.

The Better Services, Better Value healthcare review is recommending a further downgrade at St Helier Hospital on top of it losing its accident and emergency (A&E) and maternity departments.

The proposals were published this morning on the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) website.

The trust’s chief executive, Matthew Hopkins, said: “Whilst I recognise there is a need to change and improve healthcare services in our region, on behalf of our patients, staff, volunteers and local residents, I am disappointed with this news and recognise that it will be very unsettling for many people around us.

“However, it is extremely important to note that these are only recommendations and that no decisions have been made at this stage.”

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The proposed downgrade throws uncertainty on the £219m promised to St Helier hospital.

Mr Hopkins added: “Sadly, the uncertainty caused by the BSBV review means we are unable to move forward with our plans to spend millions of pounds redeveloping St Helier Hospital.

“This is because each of the recommendations put forward today would see the shape and content of the new building change.  As such, we will need to wait for the outcome of the consultation until the plans can proceed.  This is not expected until the end of this year.”

BSBV’s recommendations need to be agreed by the seven clinical commissioning groups in south west London and north Surrey, as well as NHS England. They will also be subject to a three month public consultation.

If the proposals are agreed there is not expected to be any changes until 2017/18 at the earliest.

 

 

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5:43pm Fri 3 May 13

lilacgeorge says...

Thank you to the local MP's for helping us keep our hospital......NOT!

Ridiculous! We have one of the busiest A&E's & maternity's and still they want to close us! I am hugely disappointed in the powers that be, one assumes they all live close to St George's and won't have to worry about the added delays of getting a loved one to hospital in the event of an emergency!!!

As for public consultation...I think the suits have already made their mind up!
Thank you to the local MP's for helping us keep our hospital......NOT! Ridiculous! We have one of the busiest A&E's & maternity's and still they want to close us! I am hugely disappointed in the powers that be, one assumes they all live close to St George's and won't have to worry about the added delays of getting a loved one to hospital in the event of an emergency!!! As for public consultation...I think the suits have already made their mind up! lilacgeorge
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5:52pm Sat 4 May 13

Michael Pantlin says...

"Disappointed" is too mild a word for the destruction of our hospitals. Loody Blivid would be better. Just maybe the UKIP effect will galvanise our limp MPs into some action.
"Disappointed" is too mild a word for the destruction of our hospitals. Loody Blivid would be better. Just maybe the UKIP effect will galvanise our limp MPs into some action. Michael Pantlin
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12:04am Sun 5 May 13

Michael Pantlin says...

“Sadly, the uncertainty caused by the BSBV review means we are unable to move forward with our plans to spend millions of pounds redeveloping St Helier Hospital." Then remove that stupid expensive banner plastered across the front of the hospital which has served to give many worried NHS patients a false sense of security though many from the start have foreseen this coming.
“Sadly, the uncertainty caused by the BSBV review means we are unable to move forward with our plans to spend millions of pounds redeveloping St Helier Hospital." Then remove that stupid expensive banner plastered across the front of the hospital which has served to give many worried NHS patients a false sense of security though many from the start have foreseen this coming. Michael Pantlin
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12:47am Sun 5 May 13

BONDUNIBOND says...

the busiest ever year for both hospitals and they make this decision its lovely to know the idiots in suits know whats best without being on the frontline?

I mean who employs pencil pushing clipboard guarding self conflicted people to judge the care of others?!

fair enough on there wages which im sure if we add together would cover not only the Epsom and st helier deficit but be enough to paint the outside of st helier to with there private health care and pompous attitude they really do know whats best for working class

they are WRONG st grorges is rammed everyday st helier is really busy Epsom is busy so who would think closing any down would be of intrest OR safety

its all when and good GP making there mind up but wait arnt GP standing to make money from the NHS and create more funding for there surgery

they get money (profit) per patients

this is why privatisation does NOT work suits and GP are the only one who set to gain...........

oh and when they re open the services and the suits get paid to retire it will cost the tax payer! again!
the busiest ever year for both hospitals and they make this decision its lovely to know the idiots in suits know whats best without being on the frontline? I mean who employs pencil pushing clipboard guarding self conflicted people to judge the care of others?! fair enough on there wages which im sure if we add together would cover not only the Epsom and st helier deficit but be enough to paint the outside of st helier to with there private health care and pompous attitude they really do know whats best for working class they are WRONG st grorges is rammed everyday st helier is really busy Epsom is busy so who would think closing any down would be of intrest OR safety its all when and good GP making there mind up but wait arnt GP standing to make money from the NHS and create more funding for there surgery they get money (profit) per patients this is why privatisation does NOT work suits and GP are the only one who set to gain........... oh and when they re open the services and the suits get paid to retire it will cost the tax payer! again! BONDUNIBOND
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9:39am Mon 6 May 13

Michael Pantlin says...

I would not be at all surpised if the plan of the dark forces of NHS management is to demolish Ferguson House and leave it at that so it can't be used as a hospital.
I would not be at all surpised if the plan of the dark forces of NHS management is to demolish Ferguson House and leave it at that so it can't be used as a hospital. Michael Pantlin
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4:00pm Mon 6 May 13

LiberalsOut says...

Dont worry we have a new Operating Officer !!!!
Dont worry we have a new Operating Officer !!!! LiberalsOut
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11:39am Mon 13 May 13

Fluffy244 says...

"Disappointed" is what you are when you can't get your newspaper in the morning. Is it any wonder that the government is considering this ridiculous course of action when even the CEO can't be ar*ed to get a bit fired up about the situation? Or has he got a new £100k job already lined up? Disgraceful.
"Disappointed" is what you are when you can't get your newspaper in the morning. Is it any wonder that the government is considering this ridiculous course of action when even the CEO can't be ar*ed to get a bit fired up about the situation? Or has he got a new £100k job already lined up? Disgraceful. Fluffy244
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