Whittington A+E campaign update – this is about peoples' lives – not pawns on a management piece of paper

Decisions are being made right now behind closed doors about the future of health services at the Whittington, including the Accident & Emergency service.

Although there will be a public consultation later this year (after the elections are safely out of the way!), what is being decided now is what options will be on offer in that consultation. So unless we fight now to get the options we want included, it will all be too late by the autumn.

That is why I am going to meet with Rachel Tyndall, (Chair of the London North Central Review Panel) – and want to make sure she knows just how important the Whittington A&E services are to so very many people.

Very importantly, the petition will show numbers and weight of public opinion – but there is nothing like personal stories to make the case.

So – to do this I need some more help from you. What I need is one paragraph with your own personal story of when you or someone you know had to go to the Whittington A&E and what that meant to you and so on. This is about peoples’ lives – not about pawns on a piece of management paper.

If you’re lucky, you and the people you know won’t have had to use the A&E yourselves – but please do also pass this request on to others that you know.

I will then collate the stories and present them not only to Ms Tyndall but to all the Board Members of the various bodies who will have a hand in deciding what options come forward next autumn for public consultation. (So please leave out any very personal details which you don’t want other people to read.)

Thank you so much for your support in this battle.

(Also on YouTube here.)

0 thoughts on “Whittington A+E campaign update – this is about peoples' lives – not pawns on a management piece of paper

  1. I first landed up in the Whittington’s A&E when I was about two months old and, for some reason, had stopped breathing. My mum tells me that the ambulance was hugely prompt and they were able to get me to A&E within five minutes from our Muswell Hill house, potentially saving my life. Having the Whittington’s A&E department in the local area is what saves lives and makes keeping hold of its A&E absolutely vital.

  2. I was taken to the A&E in the summer of 08 with cortisone deficiency symptoms that almost killed me. The prompt reaction and attention of the Doctor in charge, Dr. Edwards, made it possible for me to recuperate totally and operate the tumour that was causing my deficiency. I am very grateful to the A&E and all their team. It was said that had I arrived later I could have gone into a coma.

  3. Since I’m in Japan that can’t provide any help, but really hope you’ll win at last.

    Best wishes.

  4. I agree with M. Allende (Hornsey Journal letters 4th Feb) that Whittington A & E should be preserved, but I am not sure that reciting heart rending individual cases is the way to go about it. The proponents of the alternative arrangements are not sentimental souls who will be in the slightest bit moved by such stories. They are committees of hard nosed, time serving political apparatchiks hoping for lucrative posts on massively remunerative Quangos, provided only that they force through the decisions their political masters want now. And what those masters apparently want right now are cuts, i.e. scrapping Whittington’s A & E. What we need now is information – how actually will this decision be made?; what is the committee structure to be tackled – I’ve read about governors, PCTs, Joint PCTs, NCLs, BEHs, HfLs but I’m blowed if I know what any of them are – who can publish us a guide – our local paper perhaps or the Defend the Whittington Coalition?; we also need to know how many A & E cases the Whittington treats , how much longer it would take to get these cases to the next nearest A & E and how many deaths would result?; we need to know how much money axing Whittington’s A & E would save – none perhaps if staf and resources are transferred elsewhere and more ambulances are needed? Marches along the Holloway Road are all very well for publicity but I feel I need a bit more information in order to make a reasoned case against the closure.

  5. I agree with Adrian, but for what it’s worth my story is as follows:
    In July 2007 I experienced an extreme and unexpected allergic reaction. My face swelled up and I quickly felt faint and wheezy and was unable to talk properly. My partner rang NHS Direct who advised him to call an ambulance. As we live in Crouch End we were close enough to the Whittington that my partner was able to drive us there in less than 10 minutes, so he did that rather than calling an ambulance.
    By the time we got there I was on the point of passing out as my airways closed up – they rushed me straight in. I received great treatment and went home a few hours later. Having the hospital so close meant that we didn’t have to use up the resources involved in getting an ambulance, and we didn’t lose time getting me to the hospital. If I had had to wait for an ambulance to take me across town, my condition would have got a lot worse and I dread to think what could have happened.
    Any decision to cut A&E services is going to result in greater costs and pressure on the London Ambulance Service, as more people will have to be taken further to hospital along routes they don’t know. Therefore at least part of any financial saving will be a false economy to the NHS, quite apart from the very real cost in lives.

  6. Brenda Williams,a 61 one year old veteran peaceful protester against the cuts and closures to local health services had 43 placards -temporarily attached with garden ties-to railings in Hamspstead Lane -illegally seized last Friday by 3 council heavies while she herself was restrained by 2 police officers.The right to peaceful protest is guaranteed under law,nor does any town and planning legislation affect the lane,which is legally classified as a pathway.The council official,Robert Moloinari, had no written authority and Brenda has laid a complaint of theft against him and I have made a complaint to Camden Council’s leader,Keith Moffitt.I believe KM had no knowledge of what happened until I emailed him.I do not believe the Lib Dems are in favour of the closure of the Whittington A and E but if further attempts are made to attack this entirely legal protest then I and others will come to that conclusion.