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Hundreds meet to save Whittington Hospital

Issue No. 2192

All aboard to Save Whittington (Pic: Terry McGrath)

All aboard to Save Whittington (Pic: Terry McGrath)

Four hundred people attended a meeting in north London to defend Accident and Emergency services under threat at the Whittington Hospital.

It came after a march at the end of last month where 5,000 protesters demanded the A&E department remain open, and maternity services be saved.

Health bosses are planning to axe the hospital’s A&E unit and 13 others as part of a London-wide plan.

The public meeting, arranged by a local Lib Dem MP, allowed residents to fire a barrage of heated questions at Rachel Tyndall, local NHS Primary Care Trust chief executive.

The NHS managers often struggled to be heard over an audience united in opposition to a wholesale reduction in hospitals and primary care services in North London.

Terry McGrath, a local resident and NHS worker, received applause when advocating a sit-in at the hospital: “After such a brilliant march, a sit-in—led by pensioners, mums and hospital workers—could build a bridge between the community and the trade unionists in the hospital. It could be a strong focus for the campaign.”

The coalition campaign’s next planning meeting is on the 22 March.

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Tue 9 Mar 2010, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2192
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