14 September 2015
Members of Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party held a stall in Walthamstow on Saturday September 12th to ask people to sign postcards to protect Whipps Cross. The event was very successful with well over a hundred postcards signed and people very supportive of the campaign to save Whipps Cross. A lot of people had links to Whipps Cross – were born there, their children were born there, helped them during illness – and recognised the vital work Whipps Cross does for the local community.
The postcards were for this week’s Barts Health Trust Annual Public Meeting (Wednesday, 5.45pm, Stratford Old Town Hall) and showed people’s opposition to plans to sell off land at Whipps Cross which would lead to a downgrading of services at Whipps Cross hospital. Barts Health Trust own Whipps Cross. The money raised from the sale would not benefit the local community but be paid to private corporations because of the debts incurred by the ill-fated Private Finance Initiative (PFI). It is the PFI scheme that needs to be ended as it only benefits private companies at the expense of the public and the health of the local community.
“Whipps Cross Hospital is very important to the local community and services must not be downgraded” said Green Party London Assembly List candidate and local resident RoseMary Warrington. “The land to be sold is a public asset and to sell it to pay off private companies without consulting the public is immoral” she added.