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Parishioners in demo to save London hospital

St Mellitus parishioners march to save hiospital (picture by Christy Lawrance)

St Mellitus parishioners march to save hiospital (picture by Christy Lawrance)

Parishioners from several churches joined a massive demonstration on Saturday, against  healthcare cuts which threaten to close accident and emergency and maternity wards at the Whittington Hospital  in north London.

More than 5,000 people  took part in the protest, including politicians from all mainstream parties, patients, and live musicians including Red Jen Matthias’ band and The Whittington Wildcats jazz band. There were famous faces from the stage as well, as actors Bill Paterson and Juliet Stevenson holding placards.

Experts at the British Medical Association believe the plans, part of a £500million funding cut to London’s hospitals, “do not hold up to
scru­tiny” and threaten to ­“dismember” the Whittington.

The NHS Trust in Islington insist the cuts will not compromise patients, who will instead be treated at the Royal Free in Hampstead or in newly built GP health centres.

But a parishioner from St Mellitus Catholic Church in Tollington Park, said: "The BMA have said that the proposed cuts could puts lives at risk. We are hoping and praying that the Whittington can be saved."