Ellie Merton, independent parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow, is campaigning to save Whipps Cross University Hospital from the debt-laden Barts Health NHS Trust
It is the first time that Ellie Merton is running for MP in her local constituency of Walthamstow, but she is no stranger to politics. As a student, she campaigned against homophobia and was elected as the Student Welfare Officer at the University of London. Recently, she has been campaigning for Palestine.
But when Whipps Cross hospital was rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission in March, Ms Merton knew she had to enter the election.
“I realised that I had the motivation to stand for more than just international human rights, and actually do something on an issue that really worried me; my local hospital,” she says.
Local campaigning group People vs Barts PFI blames the 40-year Private Finance Initiative contract the Trust has signed for the construction and maintenance of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Aiming to raise awareness about the scale of the problem, today they are taking an open top bus round East London stopping by a series of PFI locations.
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