Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Save Kingston Hospital!

I'm going to stray even further afield from my usual patch, but as so many in Worcester Park depend on Kingston Hospital for planned and emergency care, the announcement of a rumoured threat to close Kingston Hospital's A&E and Maternity services are definitely worthy of an urgent mention.

The 'nearest' alternative would be St George's Hospital in Tooting. In terms of distance, it's almost twice as far away as Kingston Hospital - but in terms of traveling time (as anyone who has braved the crawling traffic to get there will testify) it's an awful lot more than double.

Worse still, those who do not have a car (or are 'encouraged' by hospital parking charges to take public transport) will face a minimum forty-five minute public transport journey by train and then bus (including a fair bit of walking to make the connections.

Hardly ideal for those making their own way to A&E or heavily-pregnant and on their way for maternity appointments.

Local Liberal Democrat MPs Susan Kramer & Ed Davey have launched a campaign to 'Save Kingston Hospital' - a genuine threat or pre-election posturing? You decide.

6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

axlrocky said...

election campaign coming up and the lib dems start a campaign to save something that is their cock up in the first place - if davey and kramer are the cause not the solution - this has happened under their watch - dont be fooled Kingston WP bloggers, its their mess and now they want us to beleive that they care right before an election - blatant political profiteering. Whilst the cause may be noble the lib dems angle is sickening - dont fall for it - support the hospital not the wasteful lib dem tyrrany in sutton /kingston!

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the waiting time once (if) you ever make it to A&E!

Quite frankly enough is enough. Will these overpaid bureaucrats with their private healthcare please lift their snouts out of the trough, ignore that manipulated spreadsheet and use some common sense.

The Parkerilla said...

Edward Davey was outside Worcester Park station this morning handing out leaflets about the closure.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the politics behind it, it was good to see Edward Davey himself braving the cold and lack of commuter interest at Worcester Park station this morning!

Whoever made the mess, at least someone's trying to sort it out. Lib Dems have done a lot for us (how amazing is the recycling now?!) so hopefully they'll manage to pull this one off too.

Paul said...

The absence of your usual critical analysis is a bit worrying in your final paragraph, WP. Axlrocky is right. If Messrs Davey and Kramer have no ability to do anything about Kingston Hospital, probably the most important public institution within their compass, other than limply hold up a few placards amongst a handful of well meaning people and start a petition, then what on earth is the point of them being MPs?

Incidentally, how did they get Wayne Rooney to appear next to Nick Clegg?

axlrocky said...

Sorry Anon - but I would love to share your love of the recycling system but have you considered the elderly and less able who cant wheel giant bins around and bend to sort litter out. Local recycling schemes are nice - but not what someone should be judged on as doing a good job - its time for change!

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