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.

We welcome the Mayor of London's commission announced today and will work with the commission to consider the right way forward. We recognise and understand the anger felt by the black community and are fully committed to playing our part in ending racism, discrimination and inequality.

GUY'S AND ST THOMAS' NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

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

I’m pleased that the statue of slave trader Robert Milligan is being removed from West India Quay.

SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON