Lewisham Hospital campaigners to join Brighton protest against former South London Healthcare Trust administrator (From News Shopper)
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Lewisham Hospital campaigners to join Brighton protest against former South London Healthcare Trust administrator
LEWISHAM Hospital campaigners will join up to 2,000 people in an NHS mass march and demo in Brighton this weekend, where the South London healthcare Trust administrator now works.
The GMB, together with Defend the NHS Sussex, are staging the event in Brighton on Saturday to protest at increased privatisation of services and its impact on patients and staff.
Changes have included Specsavers taking over audiology services from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
As well as highlighting concerns about the hospital trust and chief executive Matthew Kershaw, marchers will also be raising awareness of the effect of the Health and Social Care Act and fears it will lead to the NHS being broken up.
Speakers include Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas, Stephen McLean from Defend the NHS Sussex, Louise Irvine from the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and GMB national officer Rehana Azam.
GMB organiser Gary Palmer said unions were also angry at Mr Kershaw’s involvement with Lewisham Hospital in London before moving to the Brighton trust earlier this year.
Mr Kershaw recommended to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that the hospital’s A&E, maternity and acute care services be downgraded.
Mr Palmer said: “Matthew Kershaw hardly comes with a track record that inspires our support and confidence, especially off the back of his part in the Lewisham hospital fiasco.”
Thousands of people mobilised in marches against Mr Kewshaw's plans for Lewisham.
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