Press coverage and the public meeting of 25th January 2010
Following last Monday’s meeting there has been a fair bit of press coverage, including this article in The Guardian: Hands Off Our A&E.
There have also been a few items in the local press, many naming the DWHC. See the ‘In The Press’ section at the top of this page for more links. Read more…
These are two items from local papers about the meeting last Monday at Archway Methodist Church Hall and publicising the forthcoming march on 27th February.
The first is from the Islington Gazette (original article here.)
Hospital campaigners on march to save A&E
27 January 2010
THOUSANDS of people are set to take part in a massive protest rally next month to save The Whittington Hospital’s accident and emergency department from being axed.
Islington residents, patients, community campaigners and politicians from all parties are to unite to march along Holloway Road to Whittington Park, Upper Holloway, on Saturday, February 27.
They will demand that north London health chiefs abandon moves to potentially close the Archway hospital’s 24-hour emergency department as part of plans to downgrade it to “local” hospital status.
The protest, which will gather at 12noon in Highbury Fields, has been organised by newly-founded campaign umbrella group Defend The Whittington Hospital Coalition.
Joint chairwoman Shirley Franklin, speaking at a 350-strong public meeting on Monday, said: “People are horrified and terrified – the bottom line is keep the A&E open as it is. We need you not just to bring yourselves but bring your whole street. We really need to make this as big as possible.” Read more…
In lieu of a proper report here are a couple of photos from tonight’s meeting.
Campaign meeting minutes, 7th January 2010: minutes_20100107(.pdf)
Letter to press 15 January 2010(.pdf)
From the Camden New Journal:
Save the Whittington: Key report will not be made public
NHS bosses are refusing to release a report that is believed to be driving shock proposals to shut the Whittington’s accident and emergency department.
The McKinsey consultancy firm has advised NHS London that 60 per cent of A&E visits and 50 per cent of outpatient appointments can be met in super-size walk in health centres and “polyclinics”.
Read the rest of the article on the Camden New Journal website: http://tinyurl.com/ygjl3pp