March to save Lewisham A&E and maternity unit26th November 2012
Over 2,000 marchers have protested against the proposals to close Lewisham Hospitals' A&E and maternity departments.
The planned closure of the departments is one of the proposals made by the Trust Special Administrator (TSA) with the aim of saving the South London Healthcare Trust.
The trust is under administration and a spokeswoman for the TSA said the plans were there to make sure "health services are sustainable in the long term".
However, local residents are not in favour of the closure and are concerned about what would happen to emergency healthcare in their area.
Local Annelise Langmead said: "As a parent of a young son with anaphylaxis it is vital that we have access to local and speedy emergency services. I am just one of many parents concerned at the proposed closure of Lewisham Hospitals' A&E department."
"Lewisham currently have numerous new housing projects which will bring more people into the area, it seems short sighted to propose closure of services much needed locally."
Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust has not been involved with the proposals and would feel the effect of the closures.
A spokesman for the trust said: "We welcome the support of local people, who share our pride in the trust's high quality services."
"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."
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Title: March to save Lewisham A&E and maternity unit
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23236
Date Added: 26th Nov 2012