This week 30 years ago: Pregnant women turned away from Whittington Hospital
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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.
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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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