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.