The weather was threatening, and TfL had closed practically every transport route it could think of, so it was great to see an excellent turnout for the Save the Whittington Hospital A&E march today.
It was led out by the Camden New Journal (which with the Ham & High did a huge job in promoting the march) and Unison campaigners on an open-top bus (which later served as a stage for speeches).
Estimates for numbers I’ve heard ranged from 3,000-4,000, and practically every organisation you can think of, from pensioners groups to many unions, was there. And also all of the political parties, although you really do wonder how Labour felt able to show its face, given surely all that would have been needed to give us all a free Saturday would be a phone call from Labour Health Secretary Andy Burnham to the North London PCTs. (And I did notice an awful lot of their leaflets, far more than those of others’, dropped on the road.)
It was something of a party reunion, as we marched as a Green Party block, catching up with old friends and new from Islington and Haringey Greens.
The next meeting of the Defend Whittington Hospital campaign is on March 22, 7pm, at the Whittington Community Centre.