Last week, the Board of the Whittington Hospital announced without warning that they plan to sell off six hospital buildings, including units for women’s health and NHS staff accommodation. Maternity services will also be affected, with the hospital planning to cap births at 4,000 a year.
The Haringey Liberal Democrats and I have now launched a petition calling on the Board to ensure that no services are lost, and no property sold, without equal or better replacements. We are also calling for a proper public consultation.
As soon as I found out about the plans, I arranged an urgent phone call with the Whittington Chief Executive. I have since met with other local MPs and board members to discuss the announcement.
The Hospital’s strategy is based on a five-year plan, which will see the services relocate to existing space in the south of the hospital.
But the Haringey Lib Dems and I remain deeply concerned. At Chase Farm Hospital, residents were promised alternative services when closures were made – yet they still haven’t materialised. This cannot be allowed to happen at the Whittington.
Equal or better local services must be in place before any closures or land sell-offs – and we need a public consultation. If you agree, please do sign our petition - and encourage your friends, family and neighbours to do the same.
Lynne Featherstone MP
Liberal Democrat for Hornsey and Wood Green