The Camden New Journal is celebrating a victory in its campaign to save the Whittington Hospital.
In a London exclusive, Mr Burnham told our reporting team: ‘It is inconceivable that Labour would support the closing or downgrading of the Whittington A&E or it’s maternity service.”
The minister’s intervention follows the inspirational people power which saw thousands march through the streets in a campaign backed and organised by volunteers, patients, doctors, and journalists at the New Journal and our sister paper, the Islington Tribune.
Mr Burnham’s decisive comments means all of the main parties have vowed to scrap the deeply unpopular plans to close the Highgate hospital’s treasured services. Conservative shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, who will be in charge of the NHS if the Tories win next week’s General Election, and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have already pledged to keep the hospital as it is. Mr Lansley, in fact, confirmed his commitment in a visit to Camden yesterday (Wednesday).
The CNJ persuaded 5,000 to come on a march protesting the closure plan.