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On Monday 21 March 2022, we visited the Treasury to hand in our petition and deliver a very clear message to government that Waltham Forest needs a new hospital now.
Over 11,000 of you signed our petition to get the funding to build the new hospital we so desperately need. Leader of the Council, Cllr Grace Williams stood with local MPs John Cryer and Wes Streeting, the Leader of Redbridge Council Cllr Jas Athwal, and Cabinet Members from both Councils, to send the message that Whipps Won’t Wait.
Cllr Williams also met the Minster for London, Paul Scully MP, and impressed upon him the urgent need for a new hospital, as well as calling for more government action to tackle the cost of living crisis in Waltham Forest.
Thank you for supporting the campaign — your signatures show to the strength of feeling among the people of Waltham Forest for a new state-of-the-art healthcare facility for north east London, and the love people have for Whipps.
It is now in the government’s hands to provide this funding, two years after it was promised. We will keep up the pressure until we have a new hospital for our borough.
Whipps Cross is one of six hospitals to benefit from government funding as part of a new ‘health infrastructure programme’.
In partnership with Redbridge Council, the #WhippsWontWait campaign is calling on the government to secure funding for Whipps Cross. If the funding is not agreed this autumn, there is a real risk the new hospital will not be built.
The recent flooding that closed the A&E and prevented hundreds of essential operations showed once again the dire condition the hospital is in.
Whipps Cross Hospital has been a cherished part of the local community it serves for over 100 years but it is ageing and in desperate need of rebuilding.
By signing our petition, you are helping to secure the development of the new hospital and ensure Whipps Cross is a modern, fit for purpose hospital that patients, staff and visitors deserve.
We need everyone to show their support so that the government will listen and act now. Here’s some of the ways you can help to get our voice heard: