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12th February 2016
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Information from Chris Grayling MP received  12th February 2016

“Dear constituent
I am writing to you with an update on a couple of issues.
Firstly, the latest news on Oyster cards for Epsom. I had a letter from the Minister just before Christmas confirming that this is being worked on now, and whilst she did not this time give me a timetable for the change, she did promise me that officials are on the case and that it was her intention that it would happen and that she is “looking forward to its implementation”. I met her again last week, and she confirmed to me that work is progressing on when and how the introduction will happen. They are apparently trying to sort out some technical problems, as well as to work out how the Oyster fare system will interact with the current fare system at Epsom.
Secondly, the latest news about Epsom Hospital. You may have read that there are discussions taking place about the future of the stroke unit. The NHS has taken a national decision to have a smaller number of “hyper” stroke units to deal with the immediate impact of stroke. In London there has been a reduction in the number of stroke deaths after a similar change. There are now discussions in Surrey about how to approach this. There is strong pressure being put on those involved that even if Epsom is not chosen as one of these new units, it must retain a proper stroke unit to provide ongoing support for those affected.
The Epsom and St Helier Trust has also just published the outcome of the review of its estates. Among other things they are continuing to explore the option of a new hospital at Sutton, as a way of improving facilities. This is at the very early stages, and there is no evidence yet that this is a viable project. I will keep you posted.
As always, if you need to contact me for a surgery appointment, please ring the office on 01372 271036 or email
Best wishes
Chris Grayling”


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