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Earlier this month it was announced that two NHS A&E and maternity units serving South West London and Surrey will have to close as a result of the 24% cuts to NHS services in the region being imposed by the coalition government. Why is Epsom hospital now being threatened in this way? For all of us in danger of losing local healthcare, is there an alternative to these cuts or do we simply have to accept Tory hypocrisy and the rise of expensive private healthcare? Ben Gliniecki reports.