Video: Save Lewisham Hospital march - 'a matter of life and death'

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THERE'S just one day to go until a march against the closure of Lewisham Hospital's A&E and maternity services.

More than 15,000 people from across Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Southwark and beyond are expected to show their opposition to the proposals, put forward due to the administration of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

Crowds will gather at Loampit Vale roundabout, beside Lewisham station, from midday on January 26 before marching past the hospital to Mountsfield Park where there will be a rally, music and a giant petition.

Dr Helen Tattersfield, local GP and chairwoman of Lewisham’s Clinical Commissioning Group, said the Save Lewisham Hospital group had been overwhelmed by the support from people around the UK who are coming to the march.

She said: "It just highlights that this a national issue.  This is the first time the Government has put in place its ‘failure regime’ for an NHS Trust – and the proposed solution is to destroy services at a successful and high performing neighbouring trust. 

"The ‘failure regime’ is set to be used many more times across the UK, so if the Government can close down Lewisham Hospital then no successful hospital in the country is safe."

Mickey Crouch from Unison said he was expecting a massive turnout from nurses and health workers at the hospital, promising "quite a show".

He said: "This is the most critical fight I've seen in my whole nursing and union career.

"It's a matter of life and death."

To find out more visit savelewishamhospital.com

 

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10:50am Fri 25 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

And why is there silence from the Mps, Cllrs & people of Bromley? We stand to lose far more than Lewisham!!
If Kings take over running the PRU then I cant see A&E surviving in Farnborough
Beckemham Beacon has NO plans for the future& will NOT remain open with only a cafe & GP surgery in it.
Orpington is set to close again with no alternative in place.
Queen Marys Sidcup has been gutted in 2 years from being a vibrant essential A&E hospital& will become a Health Centre. Previous Tory campaigners Boris Johnson & MPJames Broken promises are AGAIN silent.
If Lewisham A&E(chilren & adults)& Maternity closes then the increased pressure on PRU & QEH, Woolwich will be overwhelming. Both are turning people away NOW.
So these are very GOOD reasons why Bromley residents(the politicians have abandoned us) should back the Save Lewisham Campaign & join tommorrows March in Lewisham. Midday Saturay 26th January by the DLR station. See you there. Thank you
And why is there silence from the Mps, Cllrs & people of Bromley? We stand to lose far more than Lewisham!! If Kings take over running the PRU then I cant see A&E surviving in Farnborough Beckemham Beacon has NO plans for the future& will NOT remain open with only a cafe & GP surgery in it. Orpington is set to close again with no alternative in place. Queen Marys Sidcup has been gutted in 2 years from being a vibrant essential A&E hospital& will become a Health Centre. Previous Tory campaigners Boris Johnson & MPJames Broken promises are AGAIN silent. If Lewisham A&E(chilren & adults)& Maternity closes then the increased pressure on PRU & QEH, Woolwich will be overwhelming. Both are turning people away NOW. So these are very GOOD reasons why Bromley residents(the politicians have abandoned us) should back the Save Lewisham Campaign & join tommorrows March in Lewisham. Midday Saturay 26th January by the DLR station. See you there. Thank you RoisinR
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3:37pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Margaret Smith says...

I hope that the Hospital sees a huge turn out, Best blog on the Hospital Lewishamcampaignerbl
ogspot;
I will be marching behind the People Before Profit Banner, hope you will be joing me.
I hope that the Hospital sees a huge turn out, Best blog on the Hospital Lewishamcampaignerbl ogspot; I will be marching behind the People Before Profit Banner, hope you will be joing me. Margaret Smith
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10:55am Sun 27 Jan 13

Polly Staight says...

Having good health services as a result of the existence of the NHS, has to be the most absurd oxymoron that I have yet seen.

The reason that Lewisham is in trouble is because of the NHS and the idiot politicians that know better than ordinary folk, how to look after their health, welfare and safety.
Having good health services as a result of the existence of the NHS, has to be the most absurd oxymoron that I have yet seen. The reason that Lewisham is in trouble is because of the NHS and the idiot politicians that know better than ordinary folk, how to look after their health, welfare and safety. Polly Staight
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