Oppose cuts at Whittington Hospital

Submitted by martin on 5 February, 2013 - 7:47

More than 70 people attended a meeting at Camden Town Hall to discuss halting cuts at Whittington Hospital in Islington.

Whittington Health Trust Board wants to close in-patient wards and reduce bed numbers for the elderly and new parents, close and sell off all staff accommodation, and cap births at the hospital at 4,000 a year.

570 workers face redundancy and, in total, a third of the hospital site is being put up for sale.

At the meeting Shirley Franklin, chair of Defend Whittington Coalition, said involving workers from the hospital was “absolutely essential”, but also an uphill struggle.

She accused hospital management of intimidating workers, saying they had warned them to stay away from the campaign.

Campaign dates

• Tuesday 12 February, Defend Whittington Coalition Public Meeting, Archway Methodist Hall, Archway Close, 7.30pm.

• Monday 18 February, Campaign Organising Meeting, Archway Methodist Hall, Archway Close, 7.30pm.

• Wednesday 27 February, Lobby of Whittington Hospital Board Meeting, 2pm, details TBC.

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