“This demonstration is going to be big – a lot of people who have never marched before are going to be on the streets to save our hospital this Saturday.”
That is the message coming from activists in the campaign to save the accident and emergency unit of the Whittington hospital in north London.
Shirley Franklin, the joint chair of the campaign, told Socialist Worker that the anger at the proposed cuts was bringing together workers and the local community.
“There are going to be trade union banners and speakers alongside pensioners and patients,” she said.
Shirley says that health bosses, fearing the strength of local opposition, are now suggesting that the Whittington’s services may be given a reprieve.
But they are saying that means other hospitals may be cut instead.
“We’re not going to be played-off against another area,” she said. “We want all our hospitals to be fully functioning, with all their departments intact.”
Demonstrate to save the Whittington A&E. Saturday 27 February, 12 noon, Highbury Fields, London N5