Liberal Democrat campaigners and councillors in Sutton have called on local residents to sign a pledge to protect services at St Helier Hospital.
The pledge follows a consultation launched by the Epsom St Helier Trust which asks residents for their preference as to the location of a new specialist emergency care hospital, with the options being St Helier, Epsom or Belmont. The Trust has stated that its preferred site is in Belmont, which would result in St Helier losing its A&E department and maternity unit.
Former Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said: "My proudest achievement as Carshalton & Wallington's Member of Parliament was, working with thousands of local residents, to have protected services at St Helier Hospital for over 20 years. Both of my children were born there and I am clear that St Helier is the best place for this new facility which s why we have launched the St Helier Pledge.
Sutton & Cheam Lib Dem campaigner Hina Bokari said: "We have concerns about this proposal and believe the new hospital should be built at St Helier which has better transport links, is more accessible and is in the middle of one of the most deprived parts of the borough where needs are greatest. These services are vital for local residents and should be protected.
Leader of Sutton Council Cllr Ruth Dombey added: "Wherever the new facility ends up, we have been promised that St Helier will still keep the vast majority of its current services. That is the sort of certainty residents and hospital staff have longed for and that we secured together by campaigning with residents over the years. We believe that St Helier is the place where new investment should take place and urge residents to respond to the consultation."
A link to the consultation can be found here:
A link to the St Helier Pledge can be found here: