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The Better Services Better Value programme, which was the programme planning to reconfigure local hospital services, and was proposing the downgrade of Epsom Hospital, has been wound up.

I expect there to be continuing debates about the structure of hospital services in London, but there is now no reason for Epsom to be caught up in these discussions. Locally there are now interesting discussions taking place about bringing some additional services to Epsom, including some currently carried out on the Sutton Hospital site. The financial position of the Epsom and St Helier Trust has also improved and so I am more optimistic about the future of Epsom than I have been for some time.