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Protesters ramp up pressure over Whittington hospital contract

Whittington campaigners have twice mobilised thousands of people in response to boardroom decisions

10 November, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Shirley Franklin (left): ‘It’s not too late to cancel’

A PUBLIC meeting has been called as Whittington Hospital campaigners step up the pressure on its board to ditch a proposed 10-year private property deal.

The contract with Ryhurst, a subsidiary of Rydon – the lead contractor at Grenfell Tower – has already led to protests at the hospital doors.

Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition (DWHC), which has twice mobilised thousands of people in successful protests against boardroom decisions, is to hold a debate at 7.30pm on January 11.

The meeting at a venue to be decided will be chaired by Labour councillor Gary Heather.

DWHC chairwoman Shirley Franklin said: “We don’t want our health buildings to be sold off and we certainly don’t want Ryhurst to reap the benefits.

“We know that it’s not too late to cancel this contract.”

The property partnership with Ryhurst aims to reorganise buildings and land at the Whittington site.

Rydon has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing over its work on the Grenfell Tower in Kensington.

In an interview last Thursday, Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn told the Tribune that the Whittington was being forced to sell off its assets in order to “survive”.

The hospital trust said it was committed to “involving local people, staff and stakeholder groups to deliver a vision for the transformation of the Whittington estate”.

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