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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Council leader calls for residents to “lobby their GPs” over BSBV proposals

The leader of Sutton Council formed part of a four strong panel last week answering poignant questions from some of the borough’s senior citizens.

Cllr Ruth Dombey joined follow panel members at the Thomas Wall Centre in Sutton on Friday for its Sutton Seniors’ Forum to address over 100 residents’ concerns about a variety of issues including BSBV plans for St Helier Hospital.

Alongside Cllr Dombey were Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of the Epson & St Helier Hospital Trust, Amanda Cummins, Mental Health Carers’ Service Manager, Andrew Burchell, Chair of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and host Chris Pennington, Vice Chair of the Sutton Seniors’ Forum.

When asked how people should get their voices heard about the possible St Helier closures, Cllr Dombey commented that people needed to lobby their GPs to help fight St Helier closures.

“The consultation over BSBV is a colossal waste of time and money,” explained Ruth. “The BSBV process is costing around £2m a year and the consultation itself will cost £750,000 - that’s an awful lot of money. But we are where we are, and there is still a lot we can do to fight these ill thought through changes. There is something we can all do too and that’s to lobby your own GPs and tell them what you think about the proposals.”

Other questions were also raised with the panel including the provision being put in place for care for an ever increasing older population and how we can bring all members of our families closer together in spite of age differences.

The session lasted for approximately two hours.
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