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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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Closing Lewisham's A&E "carries huge clinical risks"

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

"This decision is crazy and ill thought out. It is a big mistake and carries huge clinical risks of things going wrong for patients but also political risk.

If Jeremy Hunt can close a good local hospital here, he can do it anywhere in the country - nowhere is safe.

This is very much a national issue, there are 60 hospital trusts across the country under threat of bankruptcy, many of them very good hospitals.

We are saying 'look at Lewisham, if we can win then you can win'. And even if we lose, we will keep on fighting, that is the most important thing."

– Dr Louise Irvine, local GP

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