Lynne Featherstone

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Local MP gets health minister to confirm – no clinical case for closing the Whittington A&E

In a debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone got agreement from the Health Minister that there is no clinical case for closing the Whittington A&E.

After putting a very strong case for why the Whittington A&E must stay open in the debate in Westminster Hall, the Hornsey and Wood Green MP got Health Minister Mike O’Brien to confirm that the £30million invested in the Whittington would be wasted and that a clinical case for closing it had not been made.

To read the full debate see here or to view it see here.

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green comments:

“The Health Minister confirms what we have said all along – there is no case for closing the Whittington A&E and doing so would be sheer and utter madness.

“But I’m worried that these may be just warming words. We cannot and must not relax until we’ve seen the back of these proposals – hands off our A&E.”

Mon 22 March 2010
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Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for all your hard work on the Whittington issue.

    I agree that what the minister is saying is a step in the right direction. But I also agree that we haven’t seen the back of these ridiculous proposals yet and until then the pressure must continue.

    I hope many others will join the members of the my local residents association and write letters to Mike O’Brien and the three party leaders asking them for a firm commitment to keep the Whittington A&E open.

    Here are some sample letters:
    http://whittingtonmum.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/write-to-save-the-whittington/

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