Some 50 health workers and members of the public lobbied the health scrutiny committee of Waltham Forest council in east London on Thursday of last week to oppose drastic cuts in health services.
The new health stategy for north east London contains “options” which would mean the gradual running down of the Whipps Cross hospital to a minor ailments and injuries centre.
A new hospital at Oldchurch in Romford would serve Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Waltham Forest.
This means the consequent downgrading of their local hospitals.
The running down process has already started at Whipps Cross with two wards closed already and two more in consultation.
Stating that £33 million cuts are not enough, the new London wide authority NHS London is demanding that Whipps Cross make cuts of another £30 million.
The health scrutiny committee unanimously opposed the proposals.
A hospital worker and Unison union steward spoke out against the real hardship these cuts would mean to local people and the strain that hospital staff are under at present.