Protest against hospital closure plan28th January 2013
Around 15,000 people marched on Saturday to protest against plans to shut down services at Lewisham Hospital.
Government proposals for the south London hospital include closing down the Accident & Emergency department and downgrading the maternity unit.
The plans are designed to target the £150 million debt accrued by the hospital's neighbour, the South London Healthcare NHS Trust.
The trust went into administration in 2012 after it was found to be losing around £1.3 million every week.
Protestors are upset about closures at Lewisham hospital, which is not part of the trust.
Under the new proposals, the hospital's A&E department would become an urgent care centre and emergencies would be sent to other hospitals.
Dr Louise Irvine, chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, said: "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."
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Title: Protest against hospital closure plan
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23605
Date Added: 28th Jan 2013