Hospital campaigners in Eltham hand petition to Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham and Eileen Smith

Andy Burnham and Eileen Smith

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A HOSPITAL campaign presented a 2,200 signature petition against NHS privatisation to the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham during his visit to Eltham.

Eileen Smith from Save Our Local Hospitals (SOLH) presented the document - also organised by Keep our NHS Public - which calls for publicly-owned A&E departments to be saved from closure and supported.

The move comes as Lewisham campaigners wait on the results of a judicial review over the proposed downgrade of the area's hospital services.

Richard Cook from SOLH said: "Andy Burnham spoke very well and seemed well aware that the Labour Party needs to turn up the volume on their alternative NHS policy, and he assured the meeting they would deliver on it."

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