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Victory for people's choice of hospital

December 21, 2005 3:51 PM

Responding to news today that the Secretary of State for Health has reversed local NHS bosses' decision to locate the new critical care hospital in Sutton, local MP's Paul Burstow and Tom Brake have hailed victory for their campaign to safeguard the future of St Helier hospital and secure workable proposals for the building of a new critical care hospital for local people.

Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Health, confirmed her decision to reverse the decision of local NHS bosses today, giving the green light to site the hospital at St. Helier to both MPs earlier today.

Tom Brake MP said:

"This is clearly a victory for common sense. It is very hard to understand why, after having originally recommended St. Helier as Plan A, the Trusts suddenly backed Sutton as Plan B, only to revert to Plan A, which received the highest degree of community support at the outset.

"It's a very welcome decision, one that I will need to consult with St. Helier residents about, who will be most affected by these new plans, if indeed the Gov are able to come forward with the £350m that we need to complete the project."

ENDS.

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