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Lewisham Hospital protesters turn on Mayor

The Mayor of London was booed and heckled as he apppeared at a 'Question and Answer' session in south east London last night.

Boris Johnson was at a theatre to hear from the public, but at the meeting too were a group of campaigners - angry about the downgrading of services at Lewisham Hospital.

They've fought a long and public battle to stop the changes and last night they turned on the Mayor.

Paul Brand has the story:

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Boris "roasted" at People's Question Time

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Boris was roasted by the people of SE London, really made my day #pqt #Borisfail @savelewishamae

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@mayoroflondon well done Boris @ lewisham pqt but imagine what its like 4 me every month as the only Tory cllr in lewisham #TorySAS

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Tonight's #PQT was a political car crash for Boris. He misjudged from start to finish. Lewisham people want to keep i999 & NHS services

Boris Johnson had an uncomfortable night at People's Question Time in Catford. The Mayor faced angry campaigners opposed to cuts at Lewisham Hospital.

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Heated exchanges at People's Question Time

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#pqt #nhs Mayor still maintaining reorganisation of NHS & Lewisham is not financially motivated but audience passionately disagree!!!

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Boris Johnson already got a grilling over hospital from commuters on train to #pqt at Catfford

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Next questioner quotes Boris's own 2008 manifesto at him about extra minutes in an ambulance being difference between life and death. #pqt

The Mayor of London and London Assembly members are taking questions from the public on transport, housing, policing, and London's economy. But members of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign have appeared in force to push Boris to support the hospital.

Boris under pressure at People's Question Time

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#Boris is onstage. In spite of saying that Catford has a very special place in his heart... He's being heckled a LOT #pqt

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#pqt #nhs Mayor being challenged by Assembly on Lewisham Hosp. Comparison that he has no impact on banker's bonuses but still supported it

Boris Johnson is facing a hostile audience at People's Question Time in Catford. He's agreed to answer a series of questions on the proposed closure of Lewisham Hospital's A&E department.

London A&Es future unclear

Lewisham Hospital's A&E department under threat Credit: ITN

An unprecedented coalition of London residents, medical staff, trade unions and health campaigners has come together to raise the alarm regarding what they say is the biggest threat to A & Es,maternity units and in-hospital care for a generation.

ConcernedLondoners have lobbied MPs to highlight threats to the NHS in London which willinclude protests, pickets, rallies, demonstrations, candle lit vigils andmusical events.

Campaigners claim these threats include the closure of Lewisham Hospital's new A&E and maternity units, paediatric services and ICU announced last week by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt.

They say the closest A&E at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich has lesser facilities,is financially unstable and is a two hour bus ride away for many residents.

It comes as Lewisham council threatened Mr Hunt with legal action and has also setup a Legal Challenge Fund to allow people in the community to contribute to the action.

SeveralPrimary Care Trusts are due to make their final recommendations throughoutFebruary after which their reports will go to Jeremy Hunt for a final decision.

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