Campaigners say they're shocked at plans by a hospital to close wards, cut jobs and sell buildings. Bosses at Whittington Hospital in Archway say they want to treat more patients at home, and plan to cap the number of births. Charlene White spoke to local MP Emily Thornberry.
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.
The CEO of Whittington Health, Dr Yi Mien Koh, said that they would provide more care in the community, as older people were best cared for in their own homes.
She spoke to our Political Correspondent Simon Harris.
The plans for the Whittington Hospital involve:
- closing and selling off accomodation for NHS staff
- closing inpatient wards and axing beds for the elderly and new parents
- capping births at 4,000 a year
- recasting the workforce from around 900 to 550
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.