The Whittington – who is making the decisions?

I think the Government speaks with forked tongue!

Here is the parliamentary question that I put down for written answer last week – and the answer itself.

Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all of the proposals made to the North Central London Service and Organisation Review include the Whittington Hospital, Islington, having a (a) 24 hour accident and emergency unit and (b) full intensive care unit; and if he will make a statement.

Phil Hope (Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs; Corby, Labour)

This is a matter for the local national health service.

So why, if this is a local matter for the local national health service, have both the CEO of the Whittington, Rob Larkman and Rachel Tyndall (in charge of London North Central Strategic Health Authority), been summoned to see the Secretary of State for Health early next week?