Search

Whittington Hospital chiefs ‘did not think sell-off would be controversial’

07:00 31 January 2013

Dr Yi Mien Koh, chief executive of Whittington Health

Dr Yi Mien Koh, chief executive of Whittington Health

Archant

Officials behind shock plans to sell off just under half of The Whittington Hospital’s land have told Haringey’s MPs they did not think it would be a controversial move.

Tottenham MP David Lammy has said hospital chiefs were surprised by the fuss being made about a proposed sell-off of the land to the north of the A&E slip road, revealed at a meeting of its board members last Wednesday.

North London MPs were so shocked by the news that an emergency meeting was called with the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Lammy, who attended the meeting along with Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone, said it was “extraordinary” they had not realised the reaction they would get once the plans were revealed – especially in light of the succesful campaign to stop the closure of the A&E just two years ago.

“They did not think it was controversial because the site did not have clinical services on it,” Mr Lammy said. “But people are alarmed – they are concerned.”

MPs and politicians – as well as the public – were all in the dark over the five-year plan. Haringey Council leader Claire Kober said the hospital had given “no indication that these proposals were on the cards”.

“Residents now need guarantees that services at The Whittington, like maternity provision, won’t be scaled back,” she said.

“With 350 jobs to be cut as part of the proposed savings, there remain a lot of unanswered questions around the impact of the changes on patient care, and the services the hospital will be able to provide in the future.”

Cllr David Winskill, Haringey’s Lib Dem spokesman for health, said people were “fearing the worst” because of the lack of consultation, adding: “At Chase Farm [in Enfield], residents were promised alternative services to support closures – yet they still haven’t materialised.

“This cannot be allowed to happen at The Whittington – alternative, and improved, services must be in place before any closures or land sell-offs.”

Ms Featherstone – who campaigned alongside Mr Lammy to save the hospital’s A&E – said she “actively opposed any loss of services without an equal or better service being provided”, adding: “It is evident that the board are planning to improve services through an estate rationalisation.

“I of course welcome an improvement in services – but nothing must go before new services are in place. I will be watching very closely to ensure that this happens, and that residents always have access to the treatment they need.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest News Stories

17:56
Police tape

A 38-year-old man has died after being hit by a bus in East Finchley.

13:47
Members of the Friends of Parkland Walk are furious that heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) could soon drive on the nature reserve. Picture: Nigel Sutton

More than 1,000 people, including Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West, have joined the fight to stop lorries invading a quiet nature reserve.

15:00
Juliet Stevenson and Christopher Eccleston join Lindsey Wylie and volunteers as they prepare for this years Pinknic in the Park in Waterlow Park. Picture: Polly Hancock

Actors Christopher Eccleston and Juliet Stevenson are urging as many people as possible to attend a pink-themed annual festival to raise money for a Highgate charity.

Yesterday, 16:20
Lord Janner leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court by car last month. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin.

Lord Janner, who is accused of 22 sex abuse charges, will have his trial of the facts heard in the new year.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder