The survival of many of our hospital services in South West London is at a critical stage, and the government (with complicity from local management and Clinical Commissioning Groups) is taking them from us.
We’ve five main hospitals left (in our so-called South West London “footprint”), and they are St George’s (Tooting), Croydon, St Helier (Carshalton), Epsom and Kingston. We’ve been told that they can’t sustain (a current buzzword) all five, and that it’ll be reduced to four, or even three. This where Mr Elkeles comes in.
Daniel Elkeles is the CEO of the St Helier/Epsom trust. In his last job he oversaw huge cuts and closures in North West London, and now he is here carrying out a public “engagement” (costing around £40,000) to manipulate people into accepting his plans for the future. Don’t be fooled; at the end of his “vision” we’ll have fewer services, more people will have to travel further, and many will die avoidably.
This is all part of the government initiative STP (Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships). Put simply, this is a nationwide cuts programme, that includes selling off of NHS land. Mr Elkeles is happily implementing this (being paid more than the prime minister to do so), and now with local MPs collaborating.
They can’t be allowed to get away with this! We must do all we can to stop them, save our hospitals and our wider NHS.