In response to the announcement by the government that the Whittington Accident and Emergency department will not face closure, Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green comments:
“This is fantastic news, and such a brilliant testament to the fact that the power of local people and our campaign has worked!
“This is the right decision for local residents. I have been fighting tooth and nail together with my Liberal Democrat colleagues and local residents to keep our vital health services open since the disastrous plans were leaked to me last October.
“I am ecstatic that we have been successful in forcing faceless health bureaucrats to back down.
“Nick Clegg has given cast iron guarantees that he will not close the Whittington, and I will certainly be holding Labour to their last minute promise – and make sure this is not just a hollow election pledge.
“Thanks so much to all local residents, campaigners and activists who have given so much to help save the Whittington.”
Robert Gorrie, Leader of Haringey Liberal Democrats adds:
“Local residents have forced the Labour Government to listen to them, but let’s not forget that it was a Labour government that let the faceless bureaucrats put these plans on the table in the first place.
“The plans to change health services in north London are still ongoing – NHS London need to come clean on what the remaining plans will mean for people in Haringey.”