Political row over petition to save Kingston Hospital children's ward

Surrey Comet: Rebekah Moll and Edward Davey criticised over the launch of a Save Sunshine Ward petition Rebekah Moll and Edward Davey criticised over the launch of a Save Sunshine Ward petition

A political row has broken out over a campaign to save a children’s ward at Kingston Hospital.

The 26 beds in Sunshine Ward could be closed if recommendations of the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) NHS review are pushed through.

Children would be forced to travel to St George’s Hospital in Tooting for overnight treatment.

A Liberal Democrat petition called on NHS South West London, Kingston Hospital, Kingston Council and the Department for Health to do everything in their power to stop the closure.

Lib Dem Grove ward byelection candidate Rebekah Moll, an administrator for Kingston Council’s adult social care team and intern for Edward Davey MP, said: “It is vital that we pull out all the stops to save Sunshine Ward.

“Thousands of parents and families rely on this life-saving children’s facility and it must stay at Kingston.”

But Laurie South, Labour’s candidate in the Grove ward byelection, said: “If the Liberal Democrats really believed in keeping Sunshine Ward, they would have campaigned against the expensive re-organisation of the health service and the cuts which are taking money from front line services like Sunshine Ward.”

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Mr Davey, who has written a letter with Conservative Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith opposing closure, said: “Labour’s NHS review before the election seriously threatened Kingston Hospital’s A&E and maternity units – but thanks to the Lib Dem-led campaigns, these vital health services are now secure, and the BSBV review appears to have accepted that.”

Jonathan Rudd, of the Christian People’s Alliance, said the Lib Dems were allowing other cuts in the NHS.

He said: “I’m all for saving things but it would help if they were all singing from the same hymn sheet.”

Kingston Hospital has said the debate is still on-going. The final decision will face public consultation late this year.

The full list of candidates for the Grove ward by election has been released.

Six men and one woman will vie for the seat, with the vote due to take place on Thursday, July 5.

The candidates are Adrian Amer (Conservative), David Child (BNP), Ryan Coley (Green Party), Rebekah Moll (Liberal Democrat), Jonathan Rudd (Christian People's Alliance), Laurie South (Labour), Michael Watson (UK Independence Party).

Grove has been a "Liberal Democrat stronghold" for many years

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7:35am Sat 16 Jun 12

Beverly RA says...

Here we go again, Lib Dems playing on the fear of local residents in order to get a win in a bye election, it worked for Ed when he said that the the A@E and the maternity wing were supposed to close back in 2006.
Here we go again, Lib Dems playing on the fear of local residents in order to get a win in a bye election, it worked for Ed when he said that the the A@E and the maternity wing were supposed to close back in 2006. Beverly RA
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11:49am Sat 16 Jun 12

UKIP Surbiton says...

Mr Davey seems to forget he is actually in Government and a cabinet member , having sat next to Dave Cameron at Question Time on Wednesday maybe it would be easier for him to actually speak to the PM instead of using the ''fear factor'' to win votes for a local cllr . BTW ; Rebekah Moll works as an admin assistant for RBK , I believe RBK staff are not allowed to stand for council ? Or why not vote for Adrian Amer who stood as the Liberal candidate in 1992 against Norman Lamont who'd have thought it ... :-( .
Mr Davey seems to forget he is actually in Government and a cabinet member , having sat next to Dave Cameron at Question Time on Wednesday maybe it would be easier for him to actually speak to the PM instead of using the ''fear factor'' to win votes for a local cllr . BTW ; Rebekah Moll works as an admin assistant for RBK , I believe RBK staff are not allowed to stand for council ? Or why not vote for Adrian Amer who stood as the Liberal candidate in 1992 against Norman Lamont who'd have thought it ... :-( . UKIP Surbiton
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3:46pm Sat 16 Jun 12

Jools7 says...

It is truly breathtaking when Ed Davey is campaigning for something he has fomerly supported. He said this round of proposals from the SW London PCTs was in the interest of patients, now we have to believe he is opposed. I invite him to join the campaign to stop all cuts across SW London. I bet he won't join us because there wouldn't be any electoral advantage in that, the only thing the Lib-Dems are interested in is votes. Don't be fooled again voters!!
It is truly breathtaking when Ed Davey is campaigning for something he has fomerly supported. He said this round of proposals from the SW London PCTs was in the interest of patients, now we have to believe he is opposed. I invite him to join the campaign to stop all cuts across SW London. I bet he won't join us because there wouldn't be any electoral advantage in that, the only thing the Lib-Dems are interested in is votes. Don't be fooled again voters!! Jools7
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8:39am Sun 17 Jun 12

Beverly RA says...

Ed and Rebekah, there is a saying, that states,
You can fool some of the people some of time, but not all the people all the time.
Now tell us why the lib dem Councllers messed up on Education in our Borough having been warned years ago about lack of places.
Ed and Rebekah, there is a saying, that states, You can fool some of the people some of time, but not all the people all the time. Now tell us why the lib dem Councllers messed up on Education in our Borough having been warned years ago about lack of places. Beverly RA
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12:17pm Sun 17 Jun 12

Pilcgard7 says...

It's time we ditched these Lib Dems. They say whatever they think will get them a vote. They never have any intention of doing what they say they'll do. Remember Ed Davey signing the student fees pledge?
It's time we ditched these Lib Dems. They say whatever they think will get them a vote. They never have any intention of doing what they say they'll do. Remember Ed Davey signing the student fees pledge? Pilcgard7
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6:00pm Sun 17 Jun 12

Tony from Surbiton says...

Typical gutter politics from the local Lib Dems; using a childrens ward in a hospital to get votes, when they actually voted for the NHS cuts that are causing it.
Typical gutter politics from the local Lib Dems; using a childrens ward in a hospital to get votes, when they actually voted for the NHS cuts that are causing it. Tony from Surbiton
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10:45am Mon 18 Jun 12

CJT says...

I agree with Pilcgard7. Let's join Adrian Amer in ditching these Lib Dems. UKIP Surbiton says he stood as a Liberal against Norman Lamont 20 years ago. He also stood as a Conservative in Grove Ward TWO years ago, which UKIP S fails to tell us.
I agree with Pilcgard7. Let's join Adrian Amer in ditching these Lib Dems. UKIP Surbiton says he stood as a Liberal against Norman Lamont 20 years ago. He also stood as a Conservative in Grove Ward TWO years ago, which UKIP S fails to tell us. CJT
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2:05pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Tony from Surbiton says...

UKIP Surbiton wrote:
Mr Davey seems to forget he is actually in Government and a cabinet member , having sat next to Dave Cameron at Question Time on Wednesday maybe it would be easier for him to actually speak to the PM instead of using the ''fear factor'' to win votes for a local cllr . BTW ; Rebekah Moll works as an admin assistant for RBK , I believe RBK staff are not allowed to stand for council ? Or why not vote for Adrian Amer who stood as the Liberal candidate in 1992 against Norman Lamont who'd have thought it ... :-( .
You're right, I've just looked it up. Adriam Amer stood as a candidate for the old Liberal party in 1992. One of the candidates he stood against was the current Lib Dem council leader Derek Osbourne who was the Lib Dem candidate for the general election. Adrian Amer stood for the Conservatives a couple of years ago in Grove ward and came fourth behind the three Lib Dems.
[quote][p][bold]UKIP Surbiton[/bold] wrote: Mr Davey seems to forget he is actually in Government and a cabinet member , having sat next to Dave Cameron at Question Time on Wednesday maybe it would be easier for him to actually speak to the PM instead of using the ''fear factor'' to win votes for a local cllr . BTW ; Rebekah Moll works as an admin assistant for RBK , I believe RBK staff are not allowed to stand for council ? Or why not vote for Adrian Amer who stood as the Liberal candidate in 1992 against Norman Lamont who'd have thought it ... :-( .[/p][/quote]You're right, I've just looked it up. Adriam Amer stood as a candidate for the old Liberal party in 1992. One of the candidates he stood against was the current Lib Dem council leader Derek Osbourne who was the Lib Dem candidate for the general election. Adrian Amer stood for the Conservatives a couple of years ago in Grove ward and came fourth behind the three Lib Dems. Tony from Surbiton
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2:15pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Pilcgard7 says...

Another useless Tory, CJT? Nah. The Conservatives and the Lib Dems are in each other's pockets. It's time we had a Labour councillor back on the council - someone who'll ask the questions that the tories and lib dems don't want to hear.
Another useless Tory, CJT? Nah. The Conservatives and the Lib Dems are in each other's pockets. It's time we had a Labour councillor back on the council - someone who'll ask the questions that the tories and lib dems don't want to hear. Pilcgard7
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7:20pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Random853 says...

Is Ms Moll eligible to stand for the council? I thought you were prohibited by law from standing for the council you work for.
Is Ms Moll eligible to stand for the council? I thought you were prohibited by law from standing for the council you work for. Random853
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9:47pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Beverly RA says...

Pilchard,what question are they then? Bearing in mind that any member of the public an ask question at the beginning of every meeting.
Pilchard,what question are they then? Bearing in mind that any member of the public an ask question at the beginning of every meeting. Beverly RA
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10:28am Tue 19 Jun 12

Ruwank says...

Transparent and cynical party political comments here about cuts to the NHS from Labour supporters that appear deliberately deceptive. It was a Labour government that pushed for cuts to Kingston hospital. I remember Davey campaigning to stop these closures as far back as two years ago! Talk about short memories...
Transparent and cynical party political comments here about cuts to the NHS from Labour supporters that appear deliberately deceptive. It was a Labour government that pushed for cuts to Kingston hospital. I remember Davey campaigning to stop these closures as far back as two years ago! Talk about short memories... Ruwank
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