Council calls on NHS to protect St Helier Hospital and improve community healthcare

Sutton Guardian: Sutton Council wants more people to us community health services and leave St Helier for acute needs Sutton Council wants more people to us community health services and leave St Helier for acute needs

The council has reiterated its commitment to keeping St Helier hospital but wants to prevent people from having to go there unnecessarily.

Sutton Council has launched its new health prospectus and it sets out its vision for health provision in the borough.

While the report emphasises a commitment to keeping services at St Helier hospital, it also calls for more services to be provided in people's communities to prevent them from having to go to hospital.

Council's have a greater role in health provision since Government reforms in 2012. Now it has greater influence over how local services are provided and is even in charge of certain areas of public health, such as encouraging people to stop smoking.

The document, which was backed by the council's strategy and resources committee during a meeting last night, crystallises the council's views on various areas of health.

But it it also has a focus on promoting care in people's communities to avoid them from having to go to hospital while protecting the acute services hospitals provide.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, leader of the council, said: "We need a good local hospital but the fact remains that often the hospital is the only place people can go when healthcare could be delivered elsewhere in the community.

"I will fight to keep our good local hospital and encourage the NHS to think about how healthcare can be best delivered in the community.

"It means people will use the hospital for their acute needs rather than their minor needs."

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11:23am Wed 9 Jul 14

Georgia Lewis says...

The elephant in the room is that on one hand, CCGs (and indeed Ruth Dombey...) are saying that more care could and should take place outside of hospitals but on the other hand, if you challenge the CCGs as to where the money will come from to fund the necessary staff for this to be feasible, they tell you the staffing issues are the concern of the Epsom-St Helier Trust.

It is yet another farce - CCGs say lots of lovely platitudes about more care happening outside of hospitals but when they are challenged on how this will be funded, they wash their hands of the problem and say that is for the trust to sort out.

And the fact remains that there are still plenty of medical procedures that are best done in a hospital. Call me crazy but I wouldn't want to have broken bones set while sitting on the sofa or a c-section performed on me on my dining room table.

I'm not sure what Ruth Dombey plans to do about any of this but I would suggest she starts by challenging her LibDem colleagues, Tom Brake and Paul Burstow, on their voting record in the House of Commons on the Health and Social Care Act and Clause 119...
The elephant in the room is that on one hand, CCGs (and indeed Ruth Dombey...) are saying that more care could and should take place outside of hospitals but on the other hand, if you challenge the CCGs as to where the money will come from to fund the necessary staff for this to be feasible, they tell you the staffing issues are the concern of the Epsom-St Helier Trust. It is yet another farce - CCGs say lots of lovely platitudes about more care happening outside of hospitals but when they are challenged on how this will be funded, they wash their hands of the problem and say that is for the trust to sort out. And the fact remains that there are still plenty of medical procedures that are best done in a hospital. Call me crazy but I wouldn't want to have broken bones set while sitting on the sofa or a c-section performed on me on my dining room table. I'm not sure what Ruth Dombey plans to do about any of this but I would suggest she starts by challenging her LibDem colleagues, Tom Brake and Paul Burstow, on their voting record in the House of Commons on the Health and Social Care Act and Clause 119... Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 10

11:27am Wed 9 Jul 14

Forty_two says...

Very well said Georgia.
Very well said Georgia. Forty_two
  • Score: 5

12:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Bonnie Craven says...

This article very much demonstrates that the council generally and Dombey specifically still support the principles of the BSBV plan. These proposals will see the eventual running down of our highly regarded and much needed St Helier Hospital.

I do not read this article as evidence of support for the hospital. If councillors wanted to help fight for the hospital they would have attended and queried points at the various CCG meetings or at the Meeting at Carshalton Boys a couple of years ago. They have been conspicuous in their absence.

If Sutton's Councillors (Lib Dem and Tory) truly wanted to save our hospital, they would have joined with us in lobbying Sutton's MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow (who so-wrote the Health and Social Care Bill 2012 causing this elevated threat in the first place) to vote against the NHS reforms and top-down reorganisation of the NHS which we were promised would not happen prior to the 2010 General Election. But then I guess more fool us. There is now absolutely no doubt that we cannot rely on the words of Tory and Lib Dem MPs when they are seeking votes.

Prior to the election £219 million was pledged by Andy Burnham (Labour Minister for Health) for a much needed upgrade of St Helier. Thanks to the actions and inactions of our elected representatives in Sutton (MPs and Councillors) we see such threats to our hospital.

It is not without deep worry that I view what happened to the Nelson Hospital. Services there were gradually pared back until it became a matter of when rather than if that that hospital was closed and the valuable land redeveloped in a way that meant the hospital is now gone.
This article very much demonstrates that the council generally and Dombey specifically still support the principles of the BSBV plan. These proposals will see the eventual running down of our highly regarded and much needed St Helier Hospital. I do not read this article as evidence of support for the hospital. If councillors wanted to help fight for the hospital they would have attended and queried points at the various CCG meetings or at the Meeting at Carshalton Boys a couple of years ago. They have been conspicuous in their absence. If Sutton's Councillors (Lib Dem and Tory) truly wanted to save our hospital, they would have joined with us in lobbying Sutton's MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow (who so-wrote the Health and Social Care Bill 2012 causing this elevated threat in the first place) to vote against the NHS reforms and top-down reorganisation of the NHS which we were promised would not happen prior to the 2010 General Election. But then I guess more fool us. There is now absolutely no doubt that we cannot rely on the words of Tory and Lib Dem MPs when they are seeking votes. Prior to the election £219 million was pledged by Andy Burnham (Labour Minister for Health) for a much needed upgrade of St Helier. Thanks to the actions and inactions of our elected representatives in Sutton (MPs and Councillors) we see such threats to our hospital. It is not without deep worry that I view what happened to the Nelson Hospital. Services there were gradually pared back until it became a matter of when rather than if that that hospital was closed and the valuable land redeveloped in a way that meant the hospital is now gone. Bonnie Craven
  • Score: 7

12:12pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Pippa Maslin says...

Last I heard, South West London health services - headed up by Dr. Howard Freeman, the chair of South West London Collaborative Commissioning - are enacting £210m of "efficiency savings" over the next five years, so how the devil do Ruth Dombey/Sutton Council think that we're going to end up with more services within the community?! By all means set up more services which mean that fewer people end up going to hospital, but where the hell are the funds going to come from?! I'm sorry to say that Sutton Council's position is at best, naive, and, at worst, complicit in the downgrading of St Helier Hospital.
Last I heard, South West London health services - headed up by Dr. Howard Freeman, the chair of South West London Collaborative Commissioning - are enacting £210m of "efficiency savings" over the next five years, so how the devil do Ruth Dombey/Sutton Council think that we're going to end up with more services within the community?! By all means set up more services which mean that fewer people end up going to hospital, but where the hell are the funds going to come from?! I'm sorry to say that Sutton Council's position is at best, naive, and, at worst, complicit in the downgrading of St Helier Hospital. Pippa Maslin
  • Score: 8

12:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Forty_two says...

How ironic, that on my browser at least, in the middle of the text of this article is an advert offering the services of St. Anthony's private healthcare which happen to run services in the Raynes Park Health Centre, which Howard Freeman was or is connected with.
How ironic, that on my browser at least, in the middle of the text of this article is an advert offering the services of St. Anthony's private healthcare which happen to run services in the Raynes Park Health Centre, which Howard Freeman was or is connected with. Forty_two
  • Score: 7

8:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

level6 says...

Same advert seen on my browser. This is not the first time that St Anthony's Private Hospital or other private providers have had adverts in or around articles on NHS issues. How ironic!
Same advert seen on my browser. This is not the first time that St Anthony's Private Hospital or other private providers have had adverts in or around articles on NHS issues. How ironic! level6
  • Score: 4

11:15pm Wed 9 Jul 14

level6 says...

We should urge Ruth Domby and all our local councillors to ask the sitting MPs to support Clive Effords's Private members bill in defence of the NHS, to be presented on Nov 21st this year.
http://cliveefford.o
rg.uk/2014/07/07/cli
ve-presents-bill-to-
save-nhs/
We should urge Ruth Domby and all our local councillors to ask the sitting MPs to support Clive Effords's Private members bill in defence of the NHS, to be presented on Nov 21st this year. http://cliveefford.o rg.uk/2014/07/07/cli ve-presents-bill-to- save-nhs/ level6
  • Score: 2

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