Christopher Grayling, the former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice under David Cameron, has had his re-election chances boosted after planned closures of NHS services in his former constituency were postponed.
The Epsom and St Helier NHS trust have announced that the closure of the Maternity and Accident and Emergency departments at Epsom Hospital are to be postponed, a decision welcomed by Grayling who said it “should mean that the hospital enjoys a period of stability”.
In an email to voters in the constituency of Epsom and Ewell, Grayling praised the decision by the Better Services Better Value, which announced the medical services will stay open for at least five more years.
Grayling wrote, “I think this is good news for us locally. It doesn’t provide guarantees in the long term, but it should mean that the hospital enjoys a period of stability.”
Grayling, who first won the seat in 2001, is on course to win it again. He had a majority of just under 15,000 at the last election.
Grayling later went on to say that the postponement of these closures are likely to integrate services provided at the hospital in an attempt to save money, rather than closing the department all together.
David Cameron has promised voters the Tories would increase spending in the NHS if elected on May 7th.