Protest for Lewisham A&E

Thousands of protesters from around the country will march today against proposals to scrap "high performing" Lewisham hospital's A&E department and downgrade its maternity ward.

Protesters march over A&E plans at Lewisham Hospital

Thousands of protesters marched to demand that plans to scrap Lewisham Hospital's A&E department and downgrade its maternity ward be rejected.

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I have been and I have marched and the line of people still marching is amazing. I think half of Lewisham are there. #savelewishamae

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Solidarity with thousands marching to Save Lewisham Hospital today! A big boost to the campaign to tell the Tories "Hands off our NHS"

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I can't get over how many kids are on this demo! Lots have the date they were delivered at Lewisham on t-shirts & placards. It's wonderful!

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Thousands march for Lewisham Hospital

Aerial view of thousands of protesters marching around Lewisham Hospital Credit: Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

Thousands of protesters marched around Lewisham Hospital this afternoon to demand that the Government withdraw plans to to scrap the hospital's A&E department, and downgrade its maternity ward.

GP: Government's NHS trust policy is 'failure regime'

A GP has branded the government's policy on NHS trusts as a "failure regime."

Helen Tattersfield, a GP in Lewisham, where the Accident and Emergency department at Lewisham hospital is under threat of closure, said:

This is the first time the Government has put in place its 'failure regime' for an NHS trust - and the proposed solution is to destroy services at a successful and high performing neighbouring trust.

The 'failure regime' is set to be used many more times across the UK, so if the Government can close down Lewisham Hospital then no successful hospital in the country is safe.

– Helen Tattersfield

March over hospital A&E closure plan

Lewisham Hospital's A&E Department faces closure
Lewisham Hospital's A&E Department faces closure Credit: ITV News

Thousands of protesters from around the country will march today against proposals to scrap a "high performing" hospital's A&E department and downgrade its maternity ward.

Under government plans, Lewisham Hospital, south east London, will see its emergency department replaced with an "urgent care" ward and its maternity services turned into a midwife-led unit.

It is part of a radical overhaul proposed by special administrator Matthew Kershaw in response to nearby South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) going into administration after it started losing approximately £1.3 million a week.

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