The Hospital Board will use the delay to engage the local community, hospital staff and other stakeholders in their strategy.
The announcement follows a public meeting last Friday evening, which was organised by Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone. During the meeting a number of residents expressed concern at the lack of consultation and engagement with residents prior to the announcement.
Over 2500 residents also signed the Liberal Democrat petition which called for the Board to go back to square one and consult with the public – alongside demanding that no hospital services were lost until equal or better replacement services have been put in place.
Following the meeting, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green also raised concerns about how integrated care in the community – which will enable a reduction in beds in the main hospital – is implemented and funded.
Commenting, Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“I welcome the Whittington’s decision to engage with the public and to listen to residents’ views on these plans.
“The Hospital is trying to secure a long term future through becoming a Foundation Trust. But public engagement, clarity and confidence are of paramount importance – it is vital that they take this opportunity to listen and adapt their plans as appropriate.”
Councillor David Winskill, Haringey Lib Dem health spokesperson, said:
“The level of debate during the public meeting demonstrated just how much residents value the Whittington, but also how aware they are of the different factors surrounding any decision about the Hospital’s future.
“Many difficult questions were raised which need clear and thorough responses from the Whittington Board. I’m glad we now have the opportunity for this debate.”