Revised plans to restructure Whittington Hospital have been published, after its board axed plans to sell-off of property and cut a number of jobs.
The trust changed its plans after mass protests took place in London. According to the report Transforming Healthcare for Tomorrow, the trust plans to:
- Ensure that any service moved closer to home will be in patients’ best interests based on clinical evidence.
- Two buildings initially proposed for sale, the Jenner Building and the Whittington Education Centre, will be retained.
- There will be a £10 million investment to update maternity services.
- Seek an additional £10 million to expand the facilities to beyond 4,000 births.
- There will be further discussions with commissioners, Islington Council planners and the community on the future of the Waterlow building and the Nurses’ Home.
- Changes to wards and beds will still happen to ensure the effective running of the hospital but no plans to change the overall number of beds.
- There will be no significant reduction in workforce.
- Reduce the numbers of agency staff used.
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