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Thousands of demonstrators today marched in protest against plans to scrap Lewisham hospital's A&E department and downgrade its maternity ward.
Thousands of protesters have marched against plans to scrap a hospital's A&E department and downgrade its maternity ward be rejected. Under the proposals, Lewisham Hospital would see its emergency department replaced with an "urgent care" ward and its maternity services become a midwife-led unit
Thousands of protesters marched around Lewisham Hospital this afternoon to demand that the Government withdraw plans to to scrap the hospital's A&E department, and downgrade its maternity ward.
Thousands of protesters marched to demand that plans to scrap Lewisham Hospital's A&E department and downgrade its maternity ward be rejected.
Hundreds of protesters are expected at a demonstration later today against proposals to shut the A&E and maternity departments at Lewisham hospital.
If the proposals get the go-ahead Lewisham could be merged with Woolwich's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Campaigners calling for a south London hospital to keep its casualty and maternity units took their fight to the Health Secretary today. In ten days time Jeremy Hunt is expected to make his decision on the future of Lewisham. Paul Brand has more
The Department of Health has reacted to demonstrations against the planned closure of the Accident and Emergency and Maternity units at Lewisham Hospital.
In a statement, they said:
Camberwell and Peckham MP Harriet Harman has added her voice to the opposition to the closure of Lewisham Hospital's Accident and Emergency and Maternity Units. She said the closure would cause a 45% increase in A&E admissions at King's College Hospital