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Local MP talks to St Helier A&E, paediatric and maternity staff

May 21, 2012 5:13 PM

Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow met staff from St Helier Hospitals A&E and maternity units last Friday (18 May) to hear their views on NHS South West London's 'Better Services, Better Value' review, which has recommended closing the A&E department and maternity unit at the hospital.

Commenting, Paul Burstow MP said: "It's always good to meet and listen to the hardworking staff at St Helier, and there is no-one better to talk to if you want to find out what the impact of closing our A&E department and maternity unit at St Helier will be.

Paul Burstow visit St. Helier Hospital"For example, most people won't realise that sick children rarely go to hospital in an ambulance - they're usually taken to hospital in their parents' car. Those precious extra minutes driving to Tooting rather than to St Helier make all the difference, especially when we may not know how ill our child is.

"This entire review has been based on the hopes and fantasies of NHS South West London, rather than the practicalities and realities that affect ordinary people. The evidence I heard from staff at St Helier really brings this home, and I will continue to fight to ensure that their voices are heard."