Whittington Hospital meeting at Highgate Society warned to expect ‘disturbance’

The Highgate Society is not the first place you’d imagine a raucous protest to take place.

But last Thursday, organisers of a public meeting at the society’s South Grove HQ to discuss the controversial Whittington Hospital sell-off plans received a warning from police to expect a “disturbance”.

As it happens, the Whittington Health meeting between residents and the hospital’s chief executive Dr Yi Mien Koh passed without a murmur of discontent.

But it seems tensions around the board’s plans to sell off a chunk of the Magdala Avenue site in Archway have not eased since the 5,000-strong protest march through Islington on March 16.

At the end of last week’s meeting, Dr Koh was oblivious to the police warning when informed by the Ham&High.

“I had no idea,” she said. “I just came here straight from work.”