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Save Our Local Hospitals protesters march against cuts to NHS in south London
PROTESTERS who fear for the future of the NHS led a 350-strong march against further cuts to South London hospitals on Saturday.
Campaigners are worried that services at Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, Queen Mary’s in Sidcup, and the Princess Royal in Bromley are under threat since the South London Healthcare Trust went into administration.
Staff, patients, residents and trade unions joined the lively march “Save our Local Hospitals” from Woolwich Town Centre to Charlton, run by Greenwich and Bexley Trades Council (GBTC), Save our Local Hospitals and I Love the NHS.
Speakers such as Eltham Labour MP Clive Efford demanded the government back down from any privatisation or closure plans for the three hospitals.
Secretary of GBTC Lynne Chamberlain said: "We believe that the NHS should be free for all people.
"We love the Olympics but if there is enough money for that, there should be for the NHS."
Campaigning group I Love the NHS has drawn up a blueprint of services it believes the NHS should provide in Greenwich. It will be presented to parliament. Visit ilovethenhs.org.uk/greenwich-peoples-nhs-charter