It’s been a lively few weeks for Finsbury Health Centre in the local press, what with Michael Palin’s support for keeping Finsbury Health Centre open appearing on the Islington Tribune’s front page on 23 October, Leo Chapman’s letter challenging the non-executive board members of NHS Islington (PCT) to make their positions clear in the Gazette 4 November, Cllr Martin Klute calling the relationship between the PCT and builders Morgan Ashurst ‘incestuous’ in the Tribune 6 November. Today, local MP Emily Thornberry appeared in the Tribune asking that £2.1 million in the EC1 New Deal budget which was to be spent on an unpopular housing/sports centre scheme in St Luke’s go towards refurbishing Finsbury Health Centre.
John Foster, Chief Executive of Islington Council, the man responsible for backing the PCT’s claim to the Department of Health that there was ‘room for negotiation’ locally last winter, will be up before the Health and Wellbeing Review Committee at the Town Hall this Monday 16 November, 7.30pm. Since his seat was barely warm here when he wrote that letter, it will be interesting to see what ‘evidence’ he has to offer on the issue. Cllr Ursula Woolley, the Council’s Lead on Health in the Executive, will also be speaking.
Watch this space –
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