Video and pictures: Save Lewisham Hospital vigil burns draft report as consultation ends

Video and pictures: Save Lewisham Hospital vigil burns draft report as consultation ends

Save Lewisham Hospital vigil: Draft report torched as consultation ends

Joint secretary of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign Helmut Heib with a burning copy of the report

Staff nurse at Lewisham Hospital's emergency department Daniel Paschoud

Save Lewisham Hospital vigil: Draft report torched as consultation ends

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

COPIES of a draft report - with plans to axe Lewisham’s Hospital A&E - were torched last night at a vigil to mark the end of the public consultation.

Chants, candles, lanterns, and near-continuous toots of support from passing traffic cheered the chilly evening as more than 200 protesters gathered outside the hospital.

As the clock ticked down to the midnight deadline, staff nurse at the A&E Daniel Paschoud flung a copy of the TSA’s report onto the flames crying “this is what we think of the report”.

Despite the consultation being over, patients, doctors and Lewisham residents say the fight is not over with Mr Paschoud declaring he will “chain himself to a defibrillator” if the department were to close.

The 24-year-old said: “I have acted with the utmost professionalism until now, but if the day comes that people come to shut the department – they will find me chained to a defibrillator.

“I would go out kicking and screaming.”

Organisers of the vigil Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign say they will run a demonstration on January 26 ahead of Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt’s decision on the report in February.

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Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Dr Louise Irving said: “It is an act of vandalism.

“The ceremonial burning was to show we have no confidence in the consultation.

“It’s such amazing unity. I think that is quite unique. I think we have got to go for it.

“It is going to keep on going. Even If Jeremy Hunt says no, we will keep fighting.”

 

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2:08pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Margaret Smith says...

So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council.
So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council. Margaret Smith
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Margaret Smith says...

So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council.
So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council. Margaret Smith
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Margaret Smith says...

So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council.
So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council. Margaret Smith
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Margaret Smith says...

So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council.
So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council. Margaret Smith
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Margaret Smith says...

So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council.
So whilst the Government seeks to build a high Speed train no one wants and to pour endless sums of Money into PFI projects Our Hospital is to be sold off to the highest bidder,Please go to the People Before Profit website and sign the Ban PFI petition and forward links to friends, they also have really good news article explaining PFI. a great read from Local Hero Lewisham People Before Profit. roll on the next Local elections we can elect them to run our Council. Labour Party pushed ahead with PFI that has caused this mess, i hope i am not the only reader that has not forgotten Labours terrible record in Office, and what an equally awful job they do at running Lewisham council. Margaret Smith
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Fri 14 Dec 12

shergars ghost says...

The public consultation is indeed a sham, for example, at the Queen Marys' Hospital 'Public Consultation', to 'Keep Queen Marys' A&E Open' Campaign, it was supported by the London Mayor, Boris Johnson,, the local MP James Brokenshire, Bexley Council and the local Community, retail groups and associations, it did not make the least bit of difference it's been closed, despite the rise in the population...!!!
The public consultation is indeed a sham, for example, at the Queen Marys' Hospital 'Public Consultation', to 'Keep Queen Marys' A&E Open' Campaign, it was supported by the London Mayor, Boris Johnson,, the local MP James Brokenshire, Bexley Council and the local Community, retail groups and associations, it did not make the least bit of difference it's been closed, despite the rise in the population...!!! shergars ghost
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