Lewisham Hospital demo

Campaigners fighting against plans to close the A&E and maternity units at Lewisham Hospital are due to hold a final demonstration outside the Department of Health today.

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South London MPs to meet Hunt over proposed A&E closures

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Credit: Reuters

A collection of South London MPs are due to meet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt this evening to discuss the proposed closure of Lewisham Hospital's A&E and maternity units.

Matthew Kershaw will also be at the meeting - he was the administrator responsible for drawing up the recommendations.

Members of the community in Lewisham have been very active in campaigning against the closures, with everyone from young mothers to pensioners taking up the cause

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Lewisham A&E petition

The proposals for Lewisham are part of a bigger plan to restructure the hospitals in south-east London Credit: ITV London

A petition against plans to close Lewisham's Accident and Emergency Department is to be handed to Downing Street. More than 20,000 local people, consultants, GPs and MPs have signed it.

The planned closure is part of a reorganisation of the South London Healthcare Trust, which has been put into administration.

More than 2,000 people marching in October to protest against the plans Credit: ITV London

Lewisham NHS Trust respond to protests

Hundreds of demonstrators have taken to the streets this afternoon over the threatened closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department.

They're unhappy about proposals to strip the hospital of its emergency department.

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust has issued the following statement:

We welcome the support of local people, who share our pride in the Trust’s high quality services.

“We are encouraging staff, patients and local people to play an active role in the Trust Special Administrator’s public consultation, which runs until 13 December. The Board of Lewisham Healthcare will also be submitting a formal response separately.

“We recognise that the NHS faces pressures, and hard decisions will be made. However, we do not feel that a prescriptive approach to service change is right.”

– Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

For more information on the position of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust’s Board, and details on how to take part in the consultation, click on this link:

http://www.lewisham.nhs.uk/about/thetsasreview.aspx

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