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Decision day for Lewisham Hospital

A decision is expected today in a judicial review of the government decision to close some services at Lewisham Hospital.

Under the plan the A&E, acute admissions, intensive care, children's and maternity units are all threatened with closure.

Lawyers for the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, argued that the decision by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to cut some of the hospital's services was unlawful and had asked the Courts to quash it and ask the Health Secretary to reconsider.

The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign was formed in 2012, after the South London Healthcare trust special administrator proposed, as part of the cost saving measures put forward for the neighbouring trust, South London Healthcare NHS Trust, that services at Lewisham Hospital should be reduced.


Man missing after walking out from hospital

Jermaine Brissett was being treated for mental health issues at Lewisham Hospital. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Lewisham police are appealing to trace a missing man who walked out of Lewisham hospital yesterday.

Jermaine Brissett was being treated at the hospital when he walked out at approximately 1630hrs on Saturday 16 March.

He is black, 6ft tall and of slender build with a goatee beard. He was last seen wearing black trousers, a black leather jacket with a grey hoodie.

He was being treated for mental health issues and the public are asked not to approach him but instead call the CID at Lewisham on 07788916864.

Boris "roasted" at People's Question Time

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


Boris under pressure at People's Question Time

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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