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Yesterday, the Whittington Hospital Board announced that they will suspend their planned reorganisation, following a delay to their Foundation Trust application. They will now seek to engage the local community, hospital staff and other stakeholders in their strategy.
This is great news for local residents, particularly the 2500 who signed the Lib Dem petition.
In January, the board announced that they would be selling buildings in the north of the site, reinvesting money in existing services, and transferring more care into the community.
The lack of consultation and proper explanation of the plans caused great concern and confusion amongst local politicians and residents.
Following the announcement, The Haringey Lib Dems and I started a petition calling for the Board to go back to square one and consult with the public – alongside demanding that no hospital services were lost until equal or better replacement services have been put in place.
We also organised a public meeting, where residents expressed their concern at not being properly consulted.
I am very glad, therefore, that the Whittington are now finally going back to square one and engaging with residents, staff and other stakeholders.
The Hospital is trying to secure a long term future through becoming a foundation trust. But public engagement, clarity and confidence are of paramount importance – it is vital that they take this opportunity to listen and change their plans.
Details on how you can get involved in the Hospital’s engagement programme can be found here.
Lynne Featherstone MP
Liberal Democrat for Hornsey and Wood Green