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Defending Lewisham’s Hospital

In QUAC on 28/01/2013 at 8:05 pm

lewisham hospital demo 26/1/13Along with the nurses who starred in the Olympics opening ceremony, footballers from Millwall and thousands local people who have never been on a demo, Queers Against the Cuts supported the mass demonstration against cuts at Lewisham hospital in south east London on Saturday 26th January 2013.

The 25,000 who marched in protest at plans to axe the A&E department and maternity wards at Lewisham Hospital to help tackle a £207 million private finance initiative crisis at two neighbouring hospitals.  The plans, that are due to be decided upon by  Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt by February 1 would mean that there would be one Accident and Emergency department for an area representing over 700,000 people.  Under the proposals, a mother needing an emergency Caesarean section at Lewisham will no longer have an operating theatre on site but will be sent by ambulance to Woolwich or Kings College Hospital in Lambeth.  Kings College as estimated that its already overworked A&E (one of the busiest in the country) have predicted its demand increased by 45 percent.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African church leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner and defender of LGBT rights has described proposals to axe casualty and maternity services at a highly-rated London hospital as “scandalous”.  Archbishop Tutu said “that he hoped that good sense will prevail.”

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