Campaigners who fought to save wards and jobs at a north London hospital say they are not convinced by the trust's new plans for the future.
Last week bosses at Whittington Hospital scrapped their original plans. Today they've announced they won't cut the number of beds, and instead of limiting the number of babies born there, they'll invest in expanding maternity services.
The executive medical director of Whittington Health Martin Kuper has told ITV London that he realised they had "upset the local community" for not consulting them over the plans to restructure the hospital.
Its health board had axed plans to sell-off of property and cut a number of jobs.
The Whittington Hospital in north London has overhauled its plans to sell off some of its buildings and cut over 500 jobs. The hospital in Archway announced new proposals this morning after protests by local people.
Whittington Health’s medical director for integrated care has welcomed a revision of plans to restructure Whittington Hospital.
Dr Greg Battle said: “I appreciate people’s concerns and reservations on moving care into the community.
"I would like to reassure everyone that medical advances mean there has been a reduction in lengths of stay in hospital and the evidence is that patients recover much better when they are at home.
"Regarding hospital beds, we have reviewed our bed requirements and will retain the overall number of beds while they are needed and commissioned - to ensure patients are treated within national standards and to meet future needs".
Unpopular plans to sell-off a third of the Whittington Hospitals buildings and axe hundreds of staff have been scrapped, with new plans retaining two out of three buildings.
Chief executive Dr Yi Mien Koh said today:
This has been genuine listening exercise. I would like to thank everyone who took part and gave us their views. Concerns were raised on four key issues: moving care closer to home, the sale of buildings, reduction in wards and our staff.
We have listened and have made major changes to our plans. We believe our strategy of better coordinated care designed around individual patient’s needs is right. We will continue our pioneering work in this field to provide high quality care to all our patients and service users.
Health bosses are set to re-draw their controversial plans for Whittington Hospital in north London. The scheme included closing three wards, axing 570 jobs and selling property worth 17-million pounds.