Lewisham A&E will be downgraded

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that Lewisham Hospital will keep its emergency department, although it will be downgraded.

He also confirmed Lewisham's maternity services will become a midwife-led unit.

The plans have prompted demonstrations and a petition with 40,000 signatures being presented to the Government.

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Lewisham A&E downgraded

An A&E department and maternity services at a major hospital will be downgraded, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs, just days after more than 25,000 people protested against the plans.