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Important Zoom Meetings Coming Up
Action4Whipps urgently needs your help.

As part of their Consultation with the public Barts Heath are now:

1. Inviting the public to 3 public meetings online in the next few days, for which participants must register in advance. The document explaining this initiative is HERE

2. Asking the public to fill in a survey.

3. Email the Future Whipps team with your views at:

If you could do at least 1 of the 3 following things that would be really very helpful to ensure that we get the new hospital we all need:

1. Attend one of the meetings

a. Saturday 27th February – 10.30-11.30am

b. Tuesday 2nd March - 12-1pm

c. Thursday 4th March – 6.30-7.30pm

Please register for one of these meetings here: and ask some of the following questions:

  • Why is the hospital planned with 51 fewer beds when Whipps X is already continually full to capacity , even before the Covid 19 pandemic..?

  • other hospitals in North East London are extremely busy , what will happen if the needs for hospital beds are greater than the capacity?

  • Why are you planning not to re-provide the specialist palliative care facility at Margaret Centre as a ring fenced specialist Unit?

It is not credible that community health services will be able to make up for the lack of hospital beds or replace the holistic treatment, respite and support services that currently provided by the the Margaret Centre ..

  • There appear to be no plans to re-provide the Connaught Day Centre which provides Medical and Therapy support and interventions for older people following discharge from hospital and helping them to manage safely at home . What is the future for this valuable service ?

  • It appears that the mental health unit at the Woodbury Centre will be moved away from the site Whipps Cross If the nearest Mental health facility is provided outside the WX catchment area, how will A&E at Whipps Cross cope with mental health emergencies?

  • Considering that there appears to be a financial shortfall of £400-£600 million and the sale of the hospital land is likely to bring maximum of £100 million, where is Barts likely to find the rest of the money?

It would also be good to write some of these questions and concerns in your own words in the free text box ( Question 9) at the end of the Whipps X survey.

2 Respond to the survey:

The survey is worded in such a way that is it difficult to say no to any of their questions. However the way they are worded suggest that they will only apply to the land that Barts is selling to private developers and will therefore have no influence on what will finally happen to the land.

We suspect this is a public opinion exercise, which will give Barts a tool with which to argue that the public is 100% supportive of everything they are proposing for the new hospital at Whipps Cross. So it is important to use the “other” option and specify (at every step) the following:

All questions asked relate to the land which Barts is selling to a private developer and thus Barts will not have any influence in what will eventually be built there. You can add any points you like but relate it please to the Hospital. Please note, you are not allowed to create a paragraph, so the whole thing needs to be written in one long line.

3 Send an email

Please email at the email address above ( with all your queries and questions including some of those outlined above.

It is also important to point out that more of the current land should be kept available for the hospital needs (building a wider and lower hospital) and additional health provision. The estimated price of the land sold at Whipps Cross can be calculated as £240 million based on the government's Land Value Estimate for Policy Appraisal 2019 document.

Doing any of the above would be a great help

with many thanks

Eva Turner
on behalf of Action4Whipps

Urgent Action Needed – It's the last few days for sending the letter to your MP

Unless we get more funding from the Government for the new hospital at Whipps Cross, it will be built with 51 fewer beds and we'll lose the palliative & end of life care service at the Margaret Centre.

Action4Whipps are writing to all North East London MPs & we need your signatures on the letter. The more signatures we get, the more MPs will take note and act.

So please take a few minutes to open the link below, sign the letter, and send this news release and the link to family, friends & groups you belong to – across NE London. That's Hackney & City, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, & Barking & Dagenham, & Epping Forest too!!


Don't delay - please do it now.

Many thanks.

We hope you keep safe and well.

Eva Turner
on behalf of Action4Whipps campaign.

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