The future of Chase Farm Hospital is once again in the balance, after plans to evict over 100 vital NHS staff from their homes on the site have been revealed.
The hospital, which was controversially downgraded and had its A&E and maternity unit axed in November 2013 despite a pre-election promise from David Cameron to protect services, is now under threat of another redevelopment, which would see the sell-off of land currently used for housing over 100 staff including surgeons, physicians, radiographers, haematologists, immunologists, and nurses. Staff have been asked to sign an agreement by 16th January that they will vacate their homes on or before 31st March. The Highlands Wing of the hospital, which currently deals with orthopaedic and surgical elective inpatient cases, as well as stroke and general rehabilitation, is also set for closure.
No alternative housing has been offered and many staff are now warning that they will have to leave their jobs at the hospital. Staff have now signed a petition to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling on the Government to halt the sell-off. The campaign is being led by Joan Ryan, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Enfield North at the General Election.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“It's becoming clearer by the day that the Tories real plan is to close Chase Farm Hospital for good. Having closed our A&E and maternity units, now the Government is turning their fire on the nurses and doctors who live at the hospital. If this sell-off is not halted, there is a real risk that Chase Farm will lose dozens of vital staff and even more services will have to close.
Frontline staff are the backbone of our NHS. The Government should treat them with the respect they deserve, halt this eviction and ensure our nurses and doctors can carry on living at Chase Farm.”
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