A big thank you to all of the people who attended the public meeting at Blenheim High School about the future of Epsom Hospital on February 7th. More than 500 people attended, and we had so many that not everyone could get in. My apologies to those who could not, but at the very least you contributed to a strong message about views in the local community.
A whole range of concerns were raised at the meeting, and it was absolutely clear that the proposals for local NHS services do not command the universal support of local doctors.
I have written again to the Better Services Better Value team to ask them to publish a whole range of detailed documents about their work, including giving us details of the capital spending and work that would be needed to transfer services from five hospitals to three, about the impact on Surrey hospitals and Surrey ambulance services, and about travel times from the local area to potential sites for future acute services. I am far from convinced that this work has been done to anything like the level that would be needed to justify the proposals. No announcement should be made about the future location of services unless there is clear evidence that this work has been done properly.
I will continue to keep everyone locally posted about developments.