SaveFHC to speak 19 October

After evidence from NHS Islington and four opposing experts it has now been confirmed that the Campaign to Save Finsbury Health Centre (SaveFHC) will be speaking on Monday, 19 October at a meeting of Islington Council’s Health and Wellbeing Review Committee (7.30pm, Islington Town Hall). We will be making a presentation and answering questions from Councillors and the public afterwards. Please join us!

As part of their investigation into the proposed closure of Finsbury Health Centre by NHS Islington, the committee will also be visiting FHC on the afternoon of this Wednesday, 23 September, and hearing from Islington Council’s Planning Department at their meeting the next day 24 September. A planned hearing earlier that evening for Lord Chris Smith, former MP for Islington South, has been postponed. Heritage of London Trust and English Heritage will be speaking at 2pm Wednesday 7 October, again in the Town Hall. The meetings are open to the public, ask at Town Hall reception which room.

A reminder if you haven’t signed it already that our petition is still online and collecting signatures. Tracy Riley in Staines was a recent signatory, adding this comment: “As the Great Granddaughter of Alderman Harold Riley who first helped instigate the building it is a travesty to destroy not only a facility to help the recovery from illness…but also a piece of history. This is the start of what later became the National Health Service, maybe this will also be sold off to make way for Private Healthcare which working class people can ill afford!!”

Hopefully not. Please also if you can write your councillors in Islington and Camden, MPs and anyone else you can think of with your support for the refurbishment and continued use of Finsbury Health Centre to provide community  health services. We will also be leafletting the Finsbury area soon and need volunteers to help distribute – let us know via savefhc (at) yahoo.co.uk. Sense can prevail.

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