L to R: David Murray (Wallington South), Frances Cornford (Sutton West), Sandra Ash (Wimbledon Park),
Dr Tiz North (Sutton South), David Ash (Raynes Park), Dave Ash (Cheam)
Twas the night before election day, and all over the borough
Candidates are being incredibly thorough.
And the KOSHH Party is no exception
Still campaigning until dawn's inception.
Our candidates wish they were snug in their beds
But St Helier Hospital thoughts fill their heads.
For they'll not rest until it is secure
As a result, they've had much to endure.
Their feet are aching, they all need hot baths
After walking the wards' endless footpaths.
Thousands of homes got leaflets through doors
Explaining why healthcare is a councillor's cause.
Our work has been hard thanks to many a Tory
Whose letters to residents tell a different story.
How do they know St Helier Hospital isn't under threat?
The strategy announcement hasn't happened yet.
We still waiting on that, at least until June.
Will the CCGs change their tune?
Cuts to services are "very likely", they say.
Imagine if St Helier's A&E went away.
And kids' services and renal and maternity.
Gone from south London for all eternity.
Because of this, we can't stand idly by.
The KOSHH Party urges all councillors to try
And fight for our hospital's survival.
We want unity here, we don't need a rival.
Lib Dem, Labour, Tory, UKIP or Green
Or any political stripe in between,
Every councillor can play their part.
Don't tell us you don't know where to start.
You can lobby the CCGs - it's our money they spend.
We will fight for our hospital to the end.
If you have a party colleague who's an MP
Lobby them too. Have them over for tea!
Tell them about the concerns of people near you
Who need the NHS, as we all do.
The KOSHH Party is committed to healthcare for all.
We will not take our eye off the ball.
Without our hospitals, there's a hole in the community.
But with loud voices and cross-party unity,
Councils can play a vital role
In ensuring there isn't a hospital-sized hole.
Without St Helier Hospital, life becomes rougher.
And, on top of all that, local businesses suffer.
Ambulances will spend longer in traffic.
For women in labour, this will cause havoc.
The hospital issue remains a hot button
For all the good people of Merton and Sutton.
If we can save the hospital, there will be jubilation.
See you tomorrow at the polling station!
Photography by Paul McMillan