10th December 2006
Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP,
Secretary of State for Health,
Department of Health,
Dear Mrs Hewitt
In the matter of: The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford
I am writing to request your urgent attention to a very serious matter that is threatening healthcare in our area.
I understand that the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) is being threatened by the (Strategic Health Authority) SHA and Primary Care Trust (PCT) with either partial or total closure.
I further understand that a major part of the reason for this is the funding imbalance between the South (where the majority of taxation is raised) and the North (where the majority of taxation is spent). This imbalance, it appears, is derived from a flawed logic in terms of the mortality rates in the respective parts of the country.