Published: 07/06/2002, Volume II2, No. 5808 Page 6

The accident and emergency department at Whittington Hospital in north London, which was at the centre of the controversy surrounding the treatment of 94-year-old Rose Addis in January, was back in the spotlight last week when it was evacuated after its ceiling collapsed.Most of the suspended ceiling above the reception area came down as patients waited for treatment, in what one patient described as like 'an episode of ER '.The A&E unit was splashed across the media and discussed in Parliament after complaints from Ms Addis's family that she had been abandoned in A&E.