Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham backs Save St Helier campaign

Sutton Guardian: Labour parliamentary hopeful Siobhan Tate with Mr Burnham Labour parliamentary hopeful Siobhan Tate with Mr Burnham

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has backed the campaign to save St Helier hospital.

Labour MP Mr Burnham has promised to write to doctors urging them to hold public meetings where people's concerns about the future of the threatened hospital can be raised and their questions answered.

He made the promise after meeting Labour party campaigners from the area including prospective MPs Siobhan Tate and Emily Brothers.

Mr Burnham told the campaigners he had secured £219million in funding for the redevelopment of the hospital while he was health secretary under the Labour government and said he was sad those funds have since been redirected to the treasury.

He also said a Labour government would repeal the controversial clause 119, voted through by Parliament in March, which gives ministers greater power to close financially troubled hospitals.

Emily Brothers, parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam, said: "After both Sutton Lib Dem MPs Paul Burstow and Tom Brake ignored thousands of local voices and voted through the Tory-drafted hospital closure clause earlier this month, we knew that the one place local people could turn to for real help was Labour.

"We asked Andy to stand with the people who have signed our petition and contact Sutton and Merton Clinical Commissioning Groups to ask that they engage with the community and campaigners to secure St Helier's future."

Mr Burnham also thanked the campaigners for their efforts to save the hospital.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:20pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

GPs need to embrace public engagement now they have won the NHS driving seat. I've written to my practice three times arguing for the retention of St. Helier uncut and have heard nothing from them. To date St. Helier Hospital has been saved only by Surrey CCG GPs veto. Our Sutton GPs have appeared quite happy to kick us down the long road to Tooting.
GPs need to embrace public engagement now they have won the NHS driving seat. I've written to my practice three times arguing for the retention of St. Helier uncut and have heard nothing from them. To date St. Helier Hospital has been saved only by Surrey CCG GPs veto. Our Sutton GPs have appeared quite happy to kick us down the long road to Tooting. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree