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Roy Trevelion
BHIVA Reps
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Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition
Posted on: October 25 2017, 12:56 pm

Hi All,

This is news from London from Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition. (Note: The Chalcots Estate is a council estate in London's Camden that was evacuated after the Grenfell tragedy and disaster. It has similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower. The CNJ is the local newspaper, the Camden New Journal):

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Last Monday we had our first meeting with the new Chief Executive of the Whittington Hospital, Siobhan Harrington. We were shocked and appalled to learn that the Hospital Board have decided that company that will be co-ordinating and managing the proposed Estates Strategy is Ryhurst.  Ryhurst is a subsidiary of Rydon, the company that refurbished Grenfell Tower, prior to the devastating and tragic fire, and more locally it refurbished the Chalcots Estate.
 
We have spent the past three and a half years trying to rebuild relationships between the hospital and the community following a 2013 disatrous Board decision, again with no community consultation, to selloff half our Hospital - getting rid of loads of beds, staff and buildings. We stopped them after a massive campaign.
 
And now the Board have made another irresponsible, insensitive and crass decision, with no community consultation, which they had promised us.
 
They MUST immediately terminate their contract with Ryhurst.
 
We have written about this on a regular basis and stated that while we would like to see a state of the art hospital, we do not want to see parts of the Whittington Estate (covering community and in-patient health care across Harringey and Islington) sold off. Ryhurst will be entitled to share the proceeds with the hospital - to pocket OUR health funds, paid out of OUR health taxes. (We were never told this). The brilliant CNJ journalist Tom Foot found out about this - see http://islingtontribune.com/article/sell-offs-will-spark-protest-hospital-told . Staff could lose jobs and health service provision could be cut.
 
We are therefore going to:  LOBBY the BOARD!
1.45 pm Wednesday 1st November
Education Centre, Whittington Hospital (further along on the right from the A&E entrance)
 
                                                PLEASE JOIN US!
 
Petition
And do help us to get signatures on the attached petition with the following demands that the Whittington Hospital Board
      Immediately terminates the contract with Ryhurst (Rydon)
      Does not selloff any NHS property
      Does not reduce any health services currently provided by Whittington Health
      Does not cause any Whittington staff member to lose their job due to the Estate Strategy
 
You can also sign our online petition here:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-rydon-out-of-our-hospital "

Shirley Franklin
Chair - Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition

All the best,
Roy
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