Report from campaign meeting on Monday

March 24, 2010

Just to quickly report back from the Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition meeting on Monday:

The hall was cramped with people who were very passionate about saving the Whittington and it was truly inspirational to see all of them gather in one place.

I found the short speeches by Jacky Davis of the British Medical Association and Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North insightful and inspiring. It really seems like the campaign is making some progress. We just need to make sure that we keep up the pressure until we’ve won.

I was also glad to manage to speak to someone who has been campaigning for years for Chase Farm Hospital. He could give me quite a few interesting ideas on how we could try to gather more information about the decision-making process of the North Central London NHS.

The only disappointment was that the packed meeting was badly chaired by Shirley Franklin (Co-Chair of the Defend the Whittington Coalition). She clearly struggled with time keeping, under pressure resorted to inviting the people she knew to speak more often than those whose names she didn’t know and even forgot to let the audience vote on a key issue.  Islington now tweeted live from the meeting and if you follow their twitter feed you will see that Franklin spoke more often in the meeting than is appropriate for a Chair. Of course everyone involved in the Coalition is just a volunteer so she definitely deserves full marks for effort.

At the end of the meeting we decided to

  • have an action day on Thursday, 29 March (Click here for more info)
  • set up a working group on lobbying (Contact me if you like to get involved with this: whittingtonmum(AT)googlemail.com)

It’s all very exciting news so watch this space !

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