MP Wants St Mary’s Hospital Transferred To Council

MP Derek Thomas

MP Derek Thomas

The St Mary’s Hospital building could be transferred to Council ownership.

Scilly’s MP Derek Thomas says he wants the NHS Property division to hand over the asset to the Town Hall so that a combined health and social care facility, including an improved end-of-life unit, can be developed.

Derek says there’s been a move towards closer integration of social and health services at the site, but he feels that NHS Property hasn’t been “willing to engage” in this.

Mr Thomas says he’s discussed the idea with the Council and Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Derek says the Minister feels this fits in with the government’s agenda to make better use of assets and transfer ownership closer to the people using them, part of the Cities and Devolution Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament.

Derek says money would probably be needed to upgrade the building for its new uses, but believes Scilly is good at attracting funding for these types of projects.

And the plan could allow alternative uses for the existing care home Park House, which Derek says could be used for housing, although he says that decision needs to be taken by the Council.

Earlier this week, a consortium of NHS providers was announced as the preferred bidder to take on the running of the hospital when Peninsula Community Health end their contract in April.

Derek says NHS Kernow will still be responsible for commissioning services at the hospital and the Council would provide the space for them to operate.

He says he can’t estimate how long this process could take but believes the end result will be worth it.

A spokesperson for NHS Kernow contacted Radio Scilly this morning to say that St Mary’s Hospital is “very much part” of their plans as they look to join up health and social care on the Isles of Scilly.

They added: “We will continue to closely involve the local community – including patients and local stakeholders – as we develop plans.”

NHS Property Services, which owns the freehold to St Mary’s Hospital, said they are actively supporting NHS and local authority partners in developing plans for this site.

They said: “The next steps in the process will depend on the outcome of work currently being undertaken by social and health care commissioners to determine what local services are needed.”

8 Responses to MP Wants St Mary’s Hospital Transferred To Council

  1. Confused of old town November 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Is this the same man that sais we don’t need a helicopter?

  2. Ewart November 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    That’s a Tory for you, me thinks this could be political. If he wanted to do something constructive he could partition the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to merge the Isles of Scilly Council with Cornwall Council.
    It would seem from reading articles published in this forum, that very few people on the Islands have any faith in the ability of the Council to manage with any credibility the affairs of the Islands.

  3. Simon Muir November 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Our MP has got this very wrong, at the moment the Council of The Isles of Scilly is the very last organisation any islander in their right mind would want the property handed to.
    The council must not be trusted with such an asset they simply lack the basic management skills needed and I strongly suspect that they no longer have the support of the community.

  4. Jeff Eastick November 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Have I missed something , but does this MP LIVE in Scilly ?
    If not , this is not something he should be pushing , without all of the community having the opportunity to discuss and decide.

  5. Jenny November 19, 2015 at 11:35 am

    It is irrelevant want the MP wants. He has probably been asked to support this idea, where-ever it came from. It is what the community wants which matters. If they want the Hospital run by the Council based on all the evidence of the council achievements at running cost effective services on the Isles, then it can only be a good thing.
    Such an excellent example is the the Air port, million of pounds on an upgrade, any more resilience for the islands transport system? Don’t think so. Porth cressa work units, Porth Mellon Innovation center, are they a success? The purchase of the home hardware store, all that money spent on buying and converting the building and it has just been left empty, while next door millions have been spent on an innovation center. The removal of potentially contaminated waste from Moor well to the other end of the island at Pendrethan, without any health and safety monitoring. The lack of consistency over Sectio106 housing and the sell off of an housing asset at Sally Port, which had the potential of addressing some of the lack of affordable rented housing on the Isles. An unfit for purpose water and sewerage system. Church street being a good example, sewerage system blocks every 6 weeks and human waste is left to run over people’s garden’s. Enormous over spend on Park House running costs and the list of service management goes on. May be it is time MP Derek Thomas was better informed.

    • Pete November 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Socket to them. Jenny. X

  6. Spud November 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

    In the words of Mr John McEnroe ‘You can not be serious’.

  7. Carrott November 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Well that’s going to work! Airport, school, innovation centre, water, dump to name a few of the councils achievements! Obviously Derek thinks it’s the 1st April.