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Taxpayers to pay 'outrageous' £6m for disputed healthcare review this year

Sutton Guardian: Chard to increase its Band D council tax by just 8p a week!

5:30am Thursday 3rd October 2013

It is going to cost taxpayers a further £6m this year for health bosses to continue with the widely disputed healthcare review threatening to close St Helier Hospital’s vital services.

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals to hold annual public meeting tonight

Sutton Guardian: Epsom and St Helier hospitals are already dealing with an extra 1,000 patients who were being care for by Edics

5:30am Thursday 26th September 2013

The event will give the public a chance to have their say, question hospital bosses and hear all about how their hospitals have been performing.

'BSBV team will not be responsible for providing community care', says medical director of controversial healthcare review

Sutton Guardian: Dr Marilyn Plant, joint medical director of the Better Services Better Value review

7:00am Friday 30th August 2013

The healthcare review proposing to close Epsom Hospital’s A&E and maternity departments will have no responsibility for ensuring community health services are improved for the displaced patients, it has emerged.

VIDEO: Director of BSBV healthcare review answers your questions

Sutton Guardian: Dr Marilyn Plant joint medical director for the Better Services Better Value review

8:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

A director of a healthcare review proposing frontline closures at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals answered reader’s questions during a filmed interview.

MP calls urgent briefing amid fears of 'almost total' closure of St Helier Hospital

Sutton Guardian: MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh

12:23pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

The MP for Mitcham and Morden has called an urgent briefing over the "almost total closure" of St Helier Hospital.

Doctor claims hospital campaigners are harming efforts to improve care

Sutton Guardian: Dr Marilyn Plant joint medical director for the Better Services Better Value review

3:06pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

A doctor from a controversial healthcare review has accused campaigners and politicians of creating “toxic” political pressures which could derail their proposals.

Last chance to submit questions for our BSBV interview

Sutton Guardian: Dr Marilyn Plant joint medical director for the Better Services Better Value review

7:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013

It is your last chance to submit a question for a filmed interview session with a director of the healthcare review proposing frontline closures at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

Interview: Epsom and St Helier Hospital boss talks NHS troubles

Sutton Guardian: Epsom and St Helier chief exec Matthew Hopkins

4:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

The chief executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals has spoken about the challenges facing the health system and his personal reasons for joining the NHS.

Send us your questions for controversial healthcare review threatening Epsom and St Helier Hospitals

Sutton Guardian: The review first recommended St Helier for closure in May 2012

8:00am Monday 12th August 2013

A director of the healthcare review proposing frontline closures at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals is going to answer your questions in filmed interview with the Sutton Guardian.

Director of controversial hospitals review says 'A&E can’t stand alone'

Sutton Guardian: Dr Marilyn Plant joint medical director for the Better Services Better Value review

4:15pm Tuesday 6th August 2013

A medical director of the controversial healthcare review proposing frontline closures at Epsom and St Helier hospitals says that around the clock back-up services to A&E departments is “critical”.

New hope for St Helier after court blocks Lewisham Hospital downgrade

Sutton Guardian: Save Lewisham Hospital protest

4:33pm Wednesday 31st July 2013

The leader of Sutton Council has welcomed a High Court judge’s decision to throw out Government plans to downgrade Lewisham Hospital.

St Helier's A&E popular with patients despite proposed closures, NHS report reveals

Sutton Guardian: Lawyers win £10k for elderly patient neglect led to suffering

4:30pm Tuesday 30th July 2013

An axe might hanging over St Helier Hospital’s A&E department, but its loyal patients have revealed an overwhelming support for the service, figures have revealed.

A&E admissions soar at Epsom and St Helier hospitals during heatwave

Sutton Guardian: Ryan Atkins posted this picture of Chris Riley's sunburnt back on Twitter

4:07pm Friday 26th July 2013

The hot weather has led to the busiest July in six years at St Helier and Epsom’s A&E departments.

Council leader rallies the troops as hospital faces 'biggest ever threat'

Sutton Guardian: Council leader Ruth Dombey

4:00pm Monday 15th July 2013

The leader of Sutton Council said the future of the borough’s healthcare looks "bleak" if plans to axe services are pushed through.

Army of children march against proposed closures at St Helier Hospital

Sutton Guardian: Ten year olds Sahil and Morgan with Save St Helier plaque

7:00am Friday 12th July 2013

First it was pregnant mums, then it was babies and now the borough’s children have turned out in force to protest against proposed closures at St Helier Hospital.

BSBV review threatening Epsom and St Helier hospitals backs NHS boss calls for reorganisation

Sutton Guardian: Sir David Nicholson chief executive of the National Health Service

2:00pm Thursday 11th July 2013

An NHS document has claimed the health service will not survive unless radical changes are made to the delivery of health – such as the controversial a&e closures proposed at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

St George's Hospital 'already under enormous pressure' even without taking on Sutton and Epsom patients

Sutton Guardian: SUTT: Full extent of the proposed cuts to St Helier Hospital emerge

1:00pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

An accident and emergency department which could to take on thousands of patients if proposed closures at St Helier and Epsom hospitals go ahead saw a staggering increase of nearly 3,000 patients in the last year.

'We are fortunate to have St Helier': MP marks NHS's 65th birthday

Sutton Guardian: Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake

1:30pm Monday 8th July 2013

As the NHS marks its 65th anniversary MP Tom Brake has spoken of the value of St Helier Hospital.

Fundraisers give £23,000 machinery to threatened maternity unit

Sutton Guardian: The maternity team at St Helier Hospital

2:45pm Thursday 20th June 2013

Dedicated fundraisers have donated £23,800 worth of machinery to a maternity department threatened with closure.

South-west London hospitals review delayed again by NHS after financial viability concerns

Sutton Guardian: Epsom Hospital could lose its A&E and maternity units, according to NHS BSBV recommendations

11:22am Thursday 13th June 2013

A controversial healthcare review aiming to axe A&E, maternity and children’s services at Epsom and St Helier hospitals has again been delayed based on concerns about its financial viability.

Mums protest against 'pure madness' of St Helier hospital review

Sutton Guardian: The after shot

2:10pm Monday 10th June 2013

Mums who daubed their pregnant bellies in protest against closures at St Helier hospital have recreated their famous photo with their babies.

Replacement for St Helier A&E could open just 12 hours a day

Sutton Guardian: St Helier's Urgent Care Centre

3:00pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

Exclusive: A 24-hour urgent care centre (UCC) proposed to replace St Helier's under-threat accident and emergency department could in reality open for only 12 hours a day, it has emerged.

'A&E units on a cliff edge so don't shut St Helier's' says council leader

Sutton Guardian: Council leader Ruth Dombey

2:00pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council, has renewed calls to abandon proposals to shut St Helier’s A&E, after NHS leaders warn A&E units are on a cliff edge.

UPDATE: Insults fly in heated meeting as GPs fail to block St Helier downgrade

Sutton Guardian: Protestors outside the CCG meeting

2:10pm Thursday 16th May 2013

Merton’s GPs have failed to block proposals to downgrade St Helier Hospital.

Grateful patients donate thousands to under threat St Helier Hospital

Sutton Guardian: Lucy and Ben Huxley with babies Clarissa and George

6:30am Tuesday 14th May 2013

A department at downgrade-threatened St Helier Hospital has been handed a £3,000 boost from three generous benefactors.

UPDATE: Sutton GPs vote to back downgrading of St Helier Hospital

Sutton Guardian: People who were initially not allowed entrance to the meeting because it was so busy

2:53pm Thursday 9th May 2013

Sutton's GPs have backed proposals to downgrade St Helier Hospital.

Nurses warn Epsom and St Helier downgrade would put even more strain on 'overstretched' services

Sutton Guardian: Epsom A&E pressure if St Helier Hospital closures go ahead

2:46pm Thursday 9th May 2013

In an open letter today the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has savaged proposals to downgrade Epsom and St Helier Hospitals and urged senior GPs to reject them.

Protests planned tomorrow as GPs decide St Helier hospital fate

Sutton Guardian: yellow SUTT/WIM/VIDEO!: Protests tomorrow as GPs decide hospital fate

2:00pm Wednesday 8th May 2013

Protests are expected tomorrow as Sutton’s doctors meet to decide whether they support frontline closures at St Helier hospital.

Hospital chief exec disappointed with downgrade

Sutton Guardian: Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

4:10pm Friday 3rd May 2013

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

NHS leak reveals St Helier hospital downgrade will be worse than previously feared

Sutton Guardian: The number of patient visits to Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals has increased

3:00pm Wednesday 1st May 2013

The future of St Helier hospital looks darker than ever after a leak revealed health bosses are proposing to severely downgrade it.

Epsom and St Helier trust to close Sutton Hospital two years early

Sutton Guardian: green SUTT/SAVESTHELIER: Epsom and St Helier trust to close Sutton Hospital

8:00am Thursday 25th April 2013

The Epsom and St Helier trust is proposing to close Sutton hospital two years ahead of plan - but has said it will not affect the £219m redevelopment of St Helier Hospital.

Mums quizzed over new maternity unit run by midwives

7:30am Wednesday 24th April 2013

Mums-to-be are being asked if they would give birth in a unit run by midwives at hospitals where maternity services are under threat.

Will the new GPs group save St Helier Hospital?

Sutton Guardian: SUTT: Will the GPs save St Helier Hospital?

8:00am Friday 12th April 2013

Sutton's GPs will decide next month whether to stop the healthcare review threatening St Helier hospital’s frontline services.

Council chief's letter outlines health review's flaws

Sutton Guardian: Sutton Council chief executive Niall Bolger

9:00am Friday 29th March 2013

Sutton’s chief exec has written to the GPs taking over Sutton’s healthcare about the "catalogue of errors" carried out by a healthcare review threatening St Helier hospital.

Politicians unite in fight to save Epsom and St Helier hospitals

Sutton Guardian: Mps Paul Burstow and Tom Brake

7:00am Thursday 28th March 2013

Politicians from all three major parties have united against a "flawed" healthcare review threatening Epsom and St Helier hospitals’ accident and emergency wards.

'Major internal incident' declared at busy hospital

Sutton Guardian: St Helier Hospital

6:30am Friday 15th March 2013

A major internal incident was declared at St Helier hospital because it was so busy on Friday.

Tell the NHS review threatening St Helier hospital what you think

Sutton Guardian: The Better Services Better Value review is proposing to axe services across the region

10:00am Thursday 14th March 2013

The healthcare review threatening St Helier hospital is continuing to talk to local people in SW London.

Epsom and St Helier hospitals rated best in south-west London

Sutton Guardian: Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

11:07am Wednesday 13th March 2013

A new report shows Epsom and St Helier hospitals are providing some of the highest quality care in the region.

Cost of "scandalous" healthcare review soars to £11.5m

Sutton Guardian: Council leader Ruth Dombey

9:14am Friday 1st March 2013

The cost of the BSBV review has escalated to £11.5m.

St Helier hospital fails on "deliverability" say scoring experts

Sutton Guardian: St Helier Hospital is one of the hospitals which could lose its A&E

9:00am Friday 1st March 2013

Efforts to overturn some of the results of the scoring panel in favour of St Helier Hospital have failed.

Panel member attacks NHS review

Sutton Guardian: Vice chair of Sutton Link Doris Richards

8:10am Thursday 28th February 2013

A former nurse has criticised the NHS review that has put St Helier Hospital's accident and emergency department at risk of closure - after taking part in its scoring review.

Will the GPs leading our healthcare support hospital closures?

Sutton Guardian: SUTT: Full extent of the proposed cuts to St Helier Hospital emerge

1:00pm Thursday 28th February 2013

The group of GPs set to take over SW London healthcare have refused to answer whether they support the closure of St Helier hospital’s frontline services.

MP's top ten things you can do to Save St Helier

Sutton Guardian: SUTT: MP takes life saving tips from St Helier Hospital

11:30am Sunday 24th February 2013

The MP for Sutton and Cheam has issued ten things you can do to save St Helier Hospital.

Mums take 7,000 signatures to health care review's head office

Sutton Guardian: SUTT/WIM/SAVESTHELIER: Mums take 7,000 signatures to health care review's head office

5:00am Friday 22nd February 2013

Two mums took their fight to retain services at St Helier hospital right into the office of the healthcare review threatening it.

BSBV delay 'to allow for more consultation'

Sutton Guardian: St Helier Hospital

5:29pm Thursday 21st February 2013

The delay to the review that could see Epsom and St Helier hospitals' accident and emergency (A&E) departments close is to allow for further consultation, health bosses have said.

Health bosses refusing to break silence on A&E decision

Sutton Guardian: EPS, SUTTON, WIMB: Epsom and St Helier hospitals busier than ever

2:11pm Thursday 21st February 2013

Health bosses have been criticised for their refusal to break their silence over a decision to delay which hospitals’ accident and emergency departments in south west London they are recommending for closure.

What's going to happen to St Helier Hospital?

Sutton Guardian: Staff at St Helier hospital face further uncertainty today with no decision being made

9:40am Thursday 21st February 2013

A decision on whether St Helier Hospital should lose its accident and emergency department has been postponed for a second time.

Hospitals announce record attendances as threat of closure looms

Sutton Guardian: SUTT/EPS/WIMB: Hospitals announce record attendances

5:20pm Wednesday 20th February 2013

Epsom and St Helier announced record breaking attendances for both their maternity units and accident and emergency (A&E), the same week both were threatened with closure.

A&E closure decision to be postponed

Sutton Guardian: Campaigners from the Save Our Hospitals group believe MPs including Chris Grayling are "hypocritical"

6:31pm Tuesday 19th February 2013

The healthcare review which is threatening both Epsom and St Helier hospital’s A&E and maternity departments is being postponed, it is understood.

Business as usual at Epsom and St Helier hospitals as decision day looms

Sutton Guardian: Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

9:50am Tuesday 19th February 2013

The chief executive of Epsom and St Helier hospitals has reacted to speculation that the two hospitals face frontline closures.








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