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Secret, horrific cuts must be stopped

30 June, 2017

• WHILE the Tories can afford  £1.5bn as a bung to the DUP, they are demanding extra cuts by stealth (the so-called Sustainability Transformation Plan) to our NHS in North Central London (Islington, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Camden).

They claim there is £183m funding gap. Their secret plans, which include UCH and the Royal Free, as well as the Whittington, involve rationing treatments, increasing waiting times, staff redundancies and closing/rationalising departments.

The Royal College of Surgeons has already said these secret cuts will have a “devastating impact” on patients.

As those patients, we demand none of these proposed secret, horrific cuts be implemented without immediate public consultation of the intended victims – those who live and work in Islington and the other four boroughs under threat.

JAN POLLOCK
Secretary, St Johns Way Patients Participation Group
and Chair, London University and College Union Retired Members 

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