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Whipps Won’t Wait

Petition campaign to secure the future of Whipps Cross Hospital

Campaign update

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.

We need a new hospital now!

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.

Building a brighter future for Whipps Cross

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.

  • Improved core NHS services brought closer together for better patient care  
  • All new clinical departments including intensive care, A&E and maternity  
  • More clinics and same day patient care  
  • Better access to diagnostics  
  • Increased clinical space for patients  
  • Easier access and navigation for patients, staff and visitors  
  • Coordinated transport links and improved parking  
Whipps won't wait

Get involved

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:

  • Sign the petition or look out for petition cards you can sign and give back to our team
  • Share the link to our petition with your friends, family and co-workers – anyone can sign the petition (you don’t have to live or work in Waltham Forest)
  • Follow us on social media and like and share our posts about Whipps Cross
  • Post a selfie or short video clip to show or say what a new hospital at Whipps Cross would mean to you – don’t forget to use #WhippsWontWait and tag @wfcouncil so we can share your posts!
  • Were you treated at Whipps Cross? Were you there during the July flooding? Tell us your experience or story in our quick online form.