Guy's Hospital considers taking down controversial statue of businessman who profited from slavery

Guy's Courtyard in south London

Health chiefs have agreed to consider the future of a controversial statue celebrating the founder of one of London's top hospitals.

Thomas Guy made a fortune from business deals including a large shareholding in a company selling slaves.

Anti-racism campaigners have demanded the removal of the statue from its prime position in a courtyard next to Guy's Hospital, south London.

Guy's Hospital

The hospital trust has agreed to co-operate with a commission set up by London mayor Sadiq Khan to review statues and street names linked to slavery.

A statue of merchant Robert Milligan, also involved in slavery, was last night taken down from its pedestal in London's docklands.