Hospital activists may challenge MP

Campaigners trying to save a hospital's maternity and accident and emergency departments from closure, are to consider running a candidate at the next general election.

A group set up to stop cuts at St Helier Hospital in Sutton, South London, said it might link up with other organisations to challenge local MP and health minister Paul Burstow at the next election.

We have a plan of action that will mobilise the people who matter in this fight - the hospital users and the workforce. We have ruled nothing out, including linking up with doctors organisations to run a Save St Helier candidate in the same way that the local political elite were blown apart in a similar campaign in Kidderminster.

– Spokesman Geoff Martin