St Helier Hospital £219m 'under threat'

Your Local Guardian: Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow

The £219m promised to St Helier Hospital could be under threat as a result of the Better Services, Better Value review, according to a Government minister.

Sutton and Cheam MP and care minister Paul Burstow said continued uncertainty over what services will be provided at the hospital and whether they would be deliverable financially, meant the NHS was "running the risk of losing the investment".

He said the BSBV proposals could take seven years to deliver, and while the Government was fully committed to the investment, it could not guarantee what finance would be available at the end of such a long timeframe.

He added: "I think the NHS is playing fast and loose with the £219."

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10:57am Thu 17 May 12

Giles C says...

The rank hypocrisy of Paul Burstow is astonishing....w asnt he the person who secured this money yet when it looks as though it might be gone it is someone else's fault.
Keep taking the govt chauffeur Paul....
The rank hypocrisy of Paul Burstow is astonishing....w asnt he the person who secured this money yet when it looks as though it might be gone it is someone else's fault. Keep taking the govt chauffeur Paul.... Giles C

2:45pm Thu 17 May 12

ResidentTony says...

Whoever is to blame for this fiasco / betrayal, it is quite astonishingly dreadful. Months after the hospital proudly displays an image of the new hospital, we are now told there is a chance the money won't be made available in full. It seems that, even if the worst does not happen, the building won't be delivered for some time considerabe time.
Whoever is to blame for this fiasco / betrayal, it is quite astonishingly dreadful. Months after the hospital proudly displays an image of the new hospital, we are now told there is a chance the money won't be made available in full. It seems that, even if the worst does not happen, the building won't be delivered for some time considerabe time. ResidentTony

4:00pm Thu 17 May 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Who needs a new building just spend the money to maintain the existing building and the excellent and much needed services it provides. Running down St. Helier is not an option from the patients point of view. What happened to the Patients First Mantra. Medicrats may think travelling to St. George's will save lives but they don't control the transport or the traffic gridlock and just how many more patients and beds can be crammed into the limited St. George's site
Who needs a new building just spend the money to maintain the existing building and the excellent and much needed services it provides. Running down St. Helier is not an option from the patients point of view. What happened to the Patients First Mantra. Medicrats may think travelling to St. George's will save lives but they don't control the transport or the traffic gridlock and just how many more patients and beds can be crammed into the limited St. George's site Michael Pantlin

1:52am Fri 18 May 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Giles C wrote:
The rank hypocrisy of Paul Burstow is astonishing....w asnt he the person who secured this money yet when it looks as though it might be gone it is someone else's fault.
Keep taking the govt chauffeur Paul....
I suppose he can be confident of the "Sutton Effect" that the electorate there would vote in a donkey if it wore a yellow rosette.
[quote][p][bold]Giles C[/bold] wrote: The rank hypocrisy of Paul Burstow is astonishing....w asnt he the person who secured this money yet when it looks as though it might be gone it is someone else's fault. Keep taking the govt chauffeur Paul....[/p][/quote]I suppose he can be confident of the "Sutton Effect" that the electorate there would vote in a donkey if it wore a yellow rosette. Michael Pantlin

3:35pm Fri 18 May 12

Sutton53 says...

People should stop voting like sheep and get out there and vote at the next election.......Paul Burstow has purportedly had campaigns for years to 'save St. Helier'. When the chips are down, how much harder is he going to fight for his local hospital, or will he just give-up and cave-in because of his position in the Government? Will he actually do something constructive? The bias against Sutton by the Committee who made the decision, should be a starting point for him.
People should stop voting like sheep and get out there and vote at the next election.......Paul Burstow has purportedly had campaigns for years to 'save St. Helier'. When the chips are down, how much harder is he going to fight for his local hospital, or will he just give-up and cave-in because of his position in the Government? Will he actually do something constructive? The bias against Sutton by the Committee who made the decision, should be a starting point for him. Sutton53

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