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Royal Free Charity buy up land for key workers

The charity arm of Royal Free Foundation Trust has purchased the site at Chase Farm Hospital

4 May 2017

RCN London has commended the Royal Free Charity after it was confirmed to have bought a £50 million site at Chase Farm Hospital in order to provide housing for key workers.

The sale of the land at Chase Farm Hospital means the Royal Free Foundation Trust is now able to meet its financial plan after it had initially reported significant financial difficulties in January. Chris Burghes, Chief Executive of the Royal Free Charity arm, confirmed the organisation's intention to provide housing to key workers through the Chase Farm purchase.

Reacting to the announcement, RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue said: 

“We welcome the commitment made by the Royal Free Charity to use the land bought from Chase Farm Hospital to provide housing for key workers. For too long, thanks to pay restraint and increasing housing costs, nurses have been forced to live further and further away from where they work.  

“In our Better Homes for Nurses report in 2016, we were able to show the huge pressure nursing staff are under in finding suitable accommodation close to their place of work and called for the strengthening of London’s key Worker housing regulations, a requirement of which was that new homes built on NHS land should be first offered to low paid NHS staff. We reaffirmed these demands in our response to the Mayor Sadiq Khan’s budget consultation in January this year.   

“This commitment from the Royal Free Charity, if delivered, will help redress the balance in favour of key workers so that they are not forced to live well outside of the areas where they work.” 

You can read more about the Chase Farm purchase here and read RCN London's Better Homes for Nurses report here.

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