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Islington North candidates to debate the NHS at hustings

05 June, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Whittington Hospital in Archway

HEALTH campaigners are hosting a hustings about the future of the NHS in Upper Holloway tomorrow (Tuesday).

The event, organised by the Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition, will see former Town Hall chief Catherine West, who is standing as Labour candidate in Hornsey and Wood Green, debate candidates from other parties at Church of St John the Evangelist in Holloway Road.

Benali Hamdache, the Green candidate in Islington South, James Clark (Conservative), Keith Angus (Liberal Democrat) and Michael Foster (Labour for the Common Good), who are all standing in Islington North, will set out their parties’ plans for the health service.

Organiser Shirley Franklin, chairwoman of the Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition, said: “This election is a turning point for the NHS. It’s about the future of our health service and it’s about the future of our [Whittington] hospital.

“We need to save it [the Whittington] from the STP [Sustainability and Transformation Plans] planned for this area, which involve massive privatisation and cuts. We’re excited about developing our NHS but we don’t want it privatised.”

She added: “We are also concerned about shortage of nurses at the Whittington that is caused by [low] pay, and the uncertainty around Brexit. These things place the NHS at risk and if we don’t get the right government it’s going to go.”

The event will start at 7.30pm.

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