Save our A&E! Save our A&E! Save our maternity!
So rang out the chants on the march to save the Whittington A&E this morning. The rain kept mainly on the plain – thank goodness – and we marched and chanted all the way from Highbury and Islington Tube to the Whittington – where we had a huge rally.
Big thanks to the Defend the Whittington Coalition – who organised the whole caboodle – and it takes some organisation – with having Holloway Road closed off in one direction, the Whittington main entrance closed during the rally and, lovely surprise, a jazz band played all the way. The Whittington Stray Cats – I believe they said they were called.
Of course – the key issue is how do we get those making the decision to withdraw any of the proposals that they say we will be consulted on next autumn that close the Whittington A&E? For currently – out of the seven draft proposals – four end 24/7 A&E.
This is a nightmare – where the Government is calling the ultimate shots – but hiding behind its quango servants to do the dirty work.
I have organised a public meeting on March 4, 8pm at Greig Academy (entrance to assembly hall in Hillfield Avenue off High Street Hornsey. The Chair of the Review panel, Rachel Tyndall, (putting forward the proposals) and Richard Sumray – Chair of Haringey PCT will both be there to take questions from local people.
Please come and make the case – loud and clear – for all the reasons we users know. It is clear insanity to close this vital local service.