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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.

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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.

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