This week 30 years ago: Pregnant women turned away from Whittington Hospital
- Credit: Archant
Whittington Hospital was turning pregnant women away as its maternity ward couldn’t cope with a north London baby boom.
The Archway hospital was rejecting any mums-to-be from outside its Islington and Hornsey catchment areas.
Islington Cllr Gerry Southgate, a member of the Islington Health Authority, said: “We don’t like doing it but there’s no alternative. We’ve got to saturation point. The maternity unit is being overwhelmed.”
In other news, there was a food revolution at Holloway School, in Hilldrop Road.
School chiefs dispensed with the traditional stodgy nightmares and introduced jacket potatoes, vegetarian options, salads and pitta bread.
Meanwhile, there were some depraved crimes.
A man, 70, was dragged down Cross Street, Islington, by a man who then made off with his pension book.
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And vandals caused £120 of damage when they lobbed a concrete block through a funeral parlour window in Central Street.