As well as the A&E, there are plans to close the children’s wards, critical care, emergency and complex surgery units, as well as possibly even the maternity services at the busy hospital.
Astonishingly Lewisham A&E has just been refurbished at a cost to the tax payer of over £20 million. Now the clowns want to close it down to pay off the debts of the neighbouring South London NHS Trust.
Chinless tool Matthew Kershaw was brought into the South London trust after the bodged PFI experiment left it millions in debt. Acting as a Special Administrator, and appointed by then bungling Health Minister Andrew Lansley, Kershaw was tasked with cleaning up the mess at the struggling trust.
Instead of doing his job and fighting off the financial vultures devastating healthcare in South London, Kershaw decided to steal the money from the neighbouring residents of Lewisham, Bexley and Greenwich. Despite Lewisham Hospital being nothing to do with the South London Trust, Kershaw recommended gutting services at the hospital which approaching a million people depend on.
Ultimately the final decision on the closures lies with Murdoch’s Thunderbird puppet Jeremy Hunt. Concerns have been raised that this may be a trial run for a new attack on the NHS. Anyone alive in the 80s and 90s will remember the Tory’s obsession with closing the highly performing and much loved London hospitals Guy’s and Barts. History also tells us that once a hospital loses their A&E, then the rest is often not far behind.
Thousands of people marched against the threat to Lewisham Hospital before Christmas, showing the overwhelming local anger at the plans. Since then the campaign has gone from strength to strength, managing to dominate the recent BBC Question Time held in the borough.
A second march is taking place this Saturday 26th January. Please help spread the word, and send a message that every closure and every cut to the NHS will be fiercely resisted.
Assemble at Lewisham Roundabout (by the station) at 12 noon on Saturday 26th January. March past our hospital to Mountsfield Park for rally, music and giant petition.
For more information, visit, share and retweet: http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/demonstration-26th-january/
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