“The closure of the A&E together with the maternity unit at St Helier hospital, is a source of concern for all local residents who are currently reassured by the availability of these facilities. To remove them is to short change Sutton residents who have contributed to the NHS through taxes and National Insurance. My Wife and I have both used the facilities, with our first daughter being born there back in 1967. I have also used the A&E for various minor treatments, the one that comes to mind was after being bitten by a dog and arriving with blood dripping from my hand. I was soon bandaged up and given a dose of antibiotics and sent on my way.

“I know at one time you could wait up to 4 hours in A&E, before receiving attention, this I believe has been improved. Now consider if the A&E is closed at St Helier that will immediately impact on the next nearest three A&Es by increasing their workload by a third, and we are then back to longer waiting times, a higher risk of mortality and having to travel longer distances for treatment etc. Does this really make sense? Or do the accountants and not the doctors have their hand on our pulse. It is a social necessity in any country, where duty of care is the accepted principle.”

Alan Plant, North Cheam