Whittington Hospital cuts

Health chiefs at the Whittington Hospital in Archway claim their plan to close wards, axe jobs and sell buildings could be a template for a new kind of district general hospital.

Whittington Hospital to treat more patients at home

Health bosses at Whittington hopsital in North London claim their plan to close wards, axe jobs and sell buildings could be a template for a new kind of district general hospital.

They want it to put more emphasis on treating patients at home. And they also plan to cap the number of births.

The scheme has provoked widespread local opposition.

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris has the full story.

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Is Whittington plan a 'template' for a new kind of hospital?

The Whittington Hospital in Archway. Credit: ITN

Under-fire health chiefs in north London claim their plan to close wards, axe jobs and sell buildings could be a template for a new kind of district general hospital.

Bosses at the Whittington in Archway want to put more emphasis on treating patients at home.

They plan to raise £17m by selling half of the hospital site to property developers. The number of births at the hospital would be capped at 4,000 a year. The workforce would be cut by 570.

The plan has attracted widespread local opposition.