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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.

Man pleads guilty to attack on pensioner

Eric Banton, 49, of Northumberland Park, has pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court to robbery of a 91-year-old woman.

At 1.30pm on Tuesday 14th August, a 91-year-old woman had been to the shops in Archway Road and was walking in Church Road N6.

The woman was near the junction with Talbot Road N6 when she felt someone pulling at her bag. She looked down to see someone's hand in her bag and tried to pull away but was forcibly pushed, causing her to fall to the ground and bang her head.

A man made off with her purse, which contained her bank card, travel pass and £20 cash.

The victim suffered severe bruising and swelling to her face, neck, shoulder, leg and a broken arm.

She was taken by the ambulance service to hospital for treatment.

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