Residents launch guerrilla campaign in support of St Helier Hospital

One of the giant signs

One of the giant signs

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A guerrilla campaign is spreading through the suburbs in aid of St Helier Hospital.

Yellow and red stickers are popping up in windows across the borough while giant boards have also been appearing in front gardens in honour of the Save St Helier campaign.

Sutton Guardian:

Residents make Save St Helier boards

The campaign emerged after the hospital was threatened with cuts twice over the last three years under the controversial healthcare review Better Services Better Value (BSBV).

However, despite the collapse of the review earlier this month, campaigners still fear the hospital is under threat from future cuts as local health bosses pledged to continue supporting BSBV’s analysis in developing their plans over the next five years.

Concerns have also been raised about a new law, Clause 119 (previously 118), which campaigners fear could see the hospital downgraded in the future with minimal public consultation.

Sutton Guardian:

Today the Carshalton and Wallington Labour Party are presenting a petition with over 1,000 signatures to MPs at the House of Commons, asking them to vote against the bill.

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2:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Forty_two says...

Yes, I've seen quite a few of these signs popping up all over the area. Hopefully people will wake up to what's happening now.

Does anyone know if the banner promising that the £219m redevelopment of St. Helier Hospital has been taken down yet?
Yes, I've seen quite a few of these signs popping up all over the area. Hopefully people will wake up to what's happening now. Does anyone know if the banner promising that the £219m redevelopment of St. Helier Hospital has been taken down yet? Forty_two
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2:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Niki R says...

Wonderful work by local people who are the true battlers for our hospital- many congratulations to all involved. I look forward to picking my own sign up tomorrow evening!
Wonderful work by local people who are the true battlers for our hospital- many congratulations to all involved. I look forward to picking my own sign up tomorrow evening! Niki R
  • Score: 12

2:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Niki R says...

PS the Labour Party petition is being delivered to Tom Brake, who has stated unequivocally that he supports the Hospital Closure Clause. Over 1000 people have signed in just three weeks to call on him to vote with our interests at heart, not his own.

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN- we are delivering the petition at 7pm tonight!

http://www.change.or
g/en-GB/petitions/to
m-brake-vote-against
-clause-118-amended-
to-119-of-the-care-b
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PS the Labour Party petition is being delivered to Tom Brake, who has stated unequivocally that he supports the Hospital Closure Clause. Over 1000 people have signed in just three weeks to call on him to vote with our interests at heart, not his own. LAST CHANCE TO SIGN- we are delivering the petition at 7pm tonight! http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/to m-brake-vote-against -clause-118-amended- to-119-of-the-care-b ill Niki R
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12:25am Tue 25 Feb 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Niki R wrote:
Wonderful work by local people who are the true battlers for our hospital- many congratulations to all involved. I look forward to picking my own sign up tomorrow evening!
Are these signs available or do we need to make them from scratch ourselves?
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: Wonderful work by local people who are the true battlers for our hospital- many congratulations to all involved. I look forward to picking my own sign up tomorrow evening![/p][/quote]Are these signs available or do we need to make them from scratch ourselves? Michael Pantlin
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1:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

LiberalsOut says...

I assume messers Burstow and Brake have on in their gardens too?
I assume messers Burstow and Brake have on in their gardens too? LiberalsOut
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8:35pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Merton pork says...

1000 signatures is not many. Not even all the current staff members could be bothered to sign.

I would cancel the petition delivery, as it will signal the level of local apathy.
1000 signatures is not many. Not even all the current staff members could be bothered to sign. I would cancel the petition delivery, as it will signal the level of local apathy. Merton pork
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