Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition
Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition (DWHC) was set up, in Dec 2009, to build a united opposition to the proposals to close the Accident and Emergency Department at the Whittington Hospital and to stop the closure, privatisation and run-down of NHS services in our area. We are opposed to any loss of service in any hospital in North London.
Between December 2009 and April 2010 we mounted a huge campaign to save the Whittington A&E and Maternity Services. This included a 5,000 strong march along Holloway Road and at the end of April we achieved a victory when the Health Secretary agreed to halt the review that put our services under threat. However the General Election was followed by months of uncertainty and we sustained our campaigning efforts thoughout the year. The future of the Whittington Hospital now seems relatively secure (see Islington Gazette, 2-Dec-2010), but we will continue to monitor the situation because things could change at a moment’s notice.
Meanwhile there are numerous other threats to our health service, both nationally and locally, and we aim to report on these via this website. The most significant threat is the Government’s White Paper on Health – “Liberating” the NHS – which many people fear could revert our health systems to the situation of the 1930s.