Moving sexual health clinic 'will put lives at risk'

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was today urged to intervene in the “unsafe” transfer of a sexual health clinic in south London.

Labour MPs fear the move of the clinic from St George’s hospital, in Tooting, will lead to an increase in teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections and blight efforts to tackle sexual exploitation. 

The service is due to transfer to new provider Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust from October 1.

But clinicians fear the move from a single hub to six locations will deter people from seeking help. In a letter to Mr Hunt, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, the former A&E doctor who is Labour MP for Tooting, called the proposals — for Wandsworth, Richmond and Merton — “woefully inadequate” and said a planned reduction in staff “puts patients at risk”.

The letter was also signed by Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, Marsha De Cordova, MP for Battersea, and Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham & Morden. Dr Allin-Khan said Mr Hunt must “review this decision immediately, otherwise lives will be put in danger”.

CLCH said it would run clinics in Balham, Twickenham and East Sheen and at Queen Mary’s hospital in Roehampton. All staff would transfer to the trust but job losses could follow. 

A spokesman for the three boroughs said the “positive” move would result in better access to services.


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