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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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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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