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The future of Lewisham's A&E department and maternity unit could be decided today.
The health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce whether to cut back the services in order to divert funds to neighbouring South London Healthcare Trust, which has a defecit of around 150 million pounds.
Campaigners for a South London hospital have taken their final demonstration to the doorstep of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
His decision on the future of Lewisham Hospital is expected tomorrow.
Its A&E department and its maternity unit are under threat, because of a financial crisis at a local health care trust, even though Lewisham is not under its control.
This report is from Paul Brand.
Several MPs, including Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman and former Health Minister Dame Tessa Jowell, joined the protest this morning.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said plans to close the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital were "taking the NHS into new ground" and were "dangerous" given the pressure on A&E services.
A rapper from Lewisham has released a single to support the campaign to save Lewisham Hospital's Accident and Emergency unit.
The video for Save Lewisham A&E by Question includes footage of a demonstration that attracted 25,000 people.
Our reporter Paul Brand is tweeting from the demonstration in Whitehall.
Campaigners are holding a final demonstration at the Department of Health today over plans to close Lewisham Hospital's A&E department. Hundreds are expected to protest over the cuts which would also affect the matertiny unit.
A petition of around 40 thousand signatures will be handed to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Shutting a hospital's newly revamped A&Edepartment would be an act of "almost criminal stupidity" a Labour peer said today. At question time in the House of Lords, he said: "The proposal is to close the excellent and much admired accident and emergency hospital at Lewisham...
...and to downgrade its maternity services, notbecause of anything wrong with them but because a Government-appointedadministrator has said that that should be done in order to help theneighbouring National Health Service Trust that has run up £130 million worthof debt."
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will decide by Friday whether Lewisham Hospital in south-east London should replace its emergency department with an "urgent care" ward and turn its maternity services into a midwife-led unit.
Latest police figures estimate that more than 20,000 marched today to protest against the closure of the Accident and Emergency unit and the downgrading of the maternity unit at Lewisham Hospital. Liz Wickham was there too.