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Campaigners stunned by hospital sell-off deal

Anger over ‘cloak and dagger’ Whittington land consultation

07 June, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Left to right: Whittington Chief Executive Siobhan Harrington, Shirley Franklin and C&I Medical Director Dr Vincent Kirchner

WHITTINGTON Hospital campaigners said they have had enough of “cloak and dagger” tactics, claiming that a decision to sell off a large chunk of the hospital’s land was made behind closed doors.

Shirley Franklin, from the Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition, said she had been stunned to discover a multimillion-pound deal had been agreed with the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I).

The Trust is planning to move its services out of St Pancras Hospital and into a new mental health hospital on the Archway site.

Speaking at a public meeting at the Archway Methodist church on Wednesday, Ms Franklin said that the consultation had not been clear with “things slipping through”.

She added: “It’s been a bit cloak and dagger and all the cards need to be on the table.”

C&I Medical Director Dr Vincent Kirchner said that the Trust had done all it could to publicise the consultation which took place between July and October last year.

He said they received about 300 responses with 65 per cent of respondents agreeing with the planned move.

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