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Protest against hospital closure plan

28th January 2013

Around 15,000 people marched on Saturday to protest against plans to shut down services at Lewisham Hospital.

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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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