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December 13, 2006

This link http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/display.var.1062905.0.nhs_hits_trusts_deficit_with_2m_interest_charge.php 

takes you to a story which came out today suggesting further financial problems for the already cash-strapped PCT to have to face. Though we have in the past been given undertakings that the future of the Hospital is not under long term threat, this further burden on the PCT’s finances cannot but cause more anxiety about the future.

We will continue to campaign, as we always have, for the retention of the Hospital site by the NHS and its upgrading to a ‘state of the art’ medical facility for the people of Surbiton.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul permalink
    December 14, 2006 4:11 pm

    What’s the point of every little nook and cranny having its own hospital?
    It’s no distance from Surbiton to Kingston Hospital.
    Why not sell the site for housing (its a superb prime site right by the station), and reinvest the money either
    1. by centralising facilities in Kingston.
    2. rebuilding somewhere cheaper.
    The same goes for that old peoples home on Browns road. It’s an inefficeint use of a prime site. Sell it and put in somewhere cheaper like the back of berrylands, or tolworth.

    Surely by now everybody realises that the medical professionals advocate having fewer, more specialised care centres.
    The debate should be about raising standards of patient care, not hanging onto redundant sites.
    What’s the NHS about, patients or real estate?

    Its lazy to just mouth the old cliches “save our local hospital”, etc, without offering anything to the debate.

  2. December 14, 2006 11:30 pm

    We’re not mouthing cliches and Surbiton is not a ‘little nook or cranny’. We entirely appreciate that some services need the concentrated resources of a big sub-regional hospital like Kingston. But minor surgical procedures, convalescent facilities, physiotherapy should be available closer to patients’ homes. We have advocated a redevelopment which would embrace the services formerly provided in Surbiton with the addition, among other things, of the possible relocation of GP facilities from Oakhill, which is bursting at the seams. The site could also accommodate the offices currently on Hollyfield Road. In addition to physiotherapy there could be a fitness centre for local people. This is not exhaustive by any means but it would extend, not duplicate, work being done in Kingston. Are you aware, by the way, of how overloaded Kingston is at the moment?

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