South West London’s cuts body, Betters Services Better Value, has announced
that it will be re-launching its review of local services this year, with
recommendations for cuts, closures and reorganisations due to be published in
Originally, Better Services Better Value, was due to hold a consultation into
the closure of the A&E and maternity services at St Helier Hospital, as
well as the closure of three out of the four children’s wards across South West
London – all in order to make a 24% cut to the local health budget by 2017. But
the process collapsed when a merger between Epsom and Ashford Hospital broke
Now BSBV is back – but this time SW London NHS bosses are under even greater
pressure to make massive cuts to our local health services. The inclusion of
Epsom Hospital – which is referred to by BSBV as “seriously financial
challenged” – means a 117% increase in the budget deficit of local health
services to a total of £-25.6 million per year.
Chronic underfunding and spending cuts are causing a storm in our NHS, as the
government pushes for closures and privatisation. BSBV is “working towards
consulting local people after Easter” about its programme of huge cuts to our
local public health system. Now’s the time to organise the fight back against
cuts, closures and privatisations – before it’s too late.
Keep Our NHS Public organising meeting
7pm Wednesday 9th January
JG1001 Penrhyn Campus, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston KT1 2EE.