The ‘£400 million for St Helier’ petition is close to 1,300 signatures   following a second public meeting about the future of local health services hosted by Carshalton and Wallington’s local MP Tom Brake.

The meeting, at the Centre in Wallington, was attended by almost 100 residents. Tom Brake MP  organised this second meeting after the overwhelming interest he received following the first public meeting in Carshalton.

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of the St Helier Trust, and James Marsh, joint Medical Director, spoke about the funds the Trust needs to replace failing buildings with purpose-built facilities.

Concerns from residents centred mainly around the impact of greater travelling times, the medical benefits of the different options and staffing and funding concerns linked to Conservative government cuts which scrapped the £219 million for St Helier that had previously been made available.