- Created: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:11
- Written by London FRFI
For more than a year, North London RCG have been maintaining weekly street stalls in opposition to the privatisation agenda being pushed through by the management board of Whittington Hospital in Archway.
The response clearly shows the anger in the local community. Hundreds of people stop to sign and talk each week and a group of regular supporters have joined in our protests. On 19 April we took a banner to the hospital made up of hundreds of handwritten messages from local residents demanding the Whittington Hospital is kept as a local general hospital and not turned into a Foundation Trust.
While the Government is happy to bail the banks out to the tune of £1.5 trillion, it has imposed £18 million cuts on the hospital, which is literally the lifeblood of the community. The board are slashing vital jobs and services while at the same time paying city consultants Ernst & Young £426,000 to carry out an audit of the hospital and a further £500,000 consultancy fees to a former car parts company, Unipart.
We will continue street stalls, every Saturday in Holloway and Archway, before attending the next board meeting of The Whittington Hospital on the 4 June, when the public are invited to question the board on ‘matters of concern’, from 2-5pm at the Whittington Education Centre.
- The ‘Defend The Whittington Hospital Coalition’ has regular organising meetings and has organised large marches and demonstrations. which RCG North London has supported. Visit the DWHC website at: http://dwhc.org.uk.
- The next Whittington Hospital board meeting will take place on the 4 June and is an opportunity for the public to engage with the hospital’s new chief executive, Simon Pleydell. The RCG is encouraging as many people to attend as possible and have their say at the meeting, which will take place from 2-5pm at the Whittington Education Centre (WEC), Magdala Avenue, N19 5NF.