Fight to save Whittington A&E steps up

THE fight to save the Whittington Hospital's A&E department is gathering strength. The Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition has now set up a website at www.dwhc.org.uk – due to launch today. The group was formed after a leaked letter from NHS bosses

THE fight to save the Whittington Hospital's A&E department is gathering strength.

The Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition has now set up a website at www.dwhc.org.uk - due to launch today.

The group was formed after a leaked letter from NHS bosses last year confirmed plans to reshuffle services in the north central London sector. The Whittington would be downgraded to a "local hospital" with no A&E or specialist services, it is proposed.

Zozi Goodman has been appointed joint chairwoman with Shirley Franklin.


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She said: "It seems ridiculous that Haringey doesn't have a hospital and now Islington might end up without one."

The group has formalised its petition wording and now holds regular signing sessions at Archway station and Nag's Head in Islington.

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According to the leaked letter from North Central London NHS, the options for a reshuffle of hospital services in Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Camden and Islington will be appraised this month.

The Whittington is in talks with the Royal Free about a merger.

But Whittington boss Rob Larkman has flatly denied that his A&E department is closing.

Mr Larkman was due to speak yesterday (Wednesday) at Haringey Council's scrutiny committee meeting while campaigners planned to hold a protest outside the council offices.

The next Defend The Whittington Hospital Coalition meeting takes place at 7pm this evening in the Whittington Park Community Centre.

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