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Rally call for campaigners to join hospital vigil

PUBLISHED: 17:35 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2010

A CANDLELIGHT vigil will be held outside a hospital which is having its A&E and maternity unit scrapped.

A CANDLELIGHT vigil will be held outside a hospital which is having its A&E and maternity unit scrapped.

Campaigners fighting to save services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, are to hold the vigil on the green next to the hospital on the evening of Friday, September 19 at a time to be confirmed.

Adults and children who were born at the hospital are invited to take part.

MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett said: "It is vital that we maintain the pressure in the fight to stop these cuts. Health service bosses and the government need to get a clear message that Bexley residents want to see health facilities maintained at Queen Mary's."

Bexley council decided last Monday to refer the decision to cut services at the much loved hospital to the Secretary of State for Health for review.

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup, James Brokenshire said: "Now that these plans are being referred to the Secretary of State the next phase is to take the campaign into the community.

"We believe that the candlelit vigil will be a really positive way of showing both support for the hospital and the strength of feeling.

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