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Candlelit vigil to save A&E

PUBLISHED: 18:26 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:23 25 August 2010

BURNING AMBITION: Crowds gather in a bid to save Queen Mary’s Hospital’s A&E.

BURNING AMBITION: Crowds gather in a bid to save Queen Mary's Hospital's A&E.

PATIENTS, residents and politicians held a candlelit vigil outside a hospital which is having its A&E and maternity service scrapped.

PATIENTS, residents and politicians held a candlelit vigil outside a hospital which is having its A&E and maternity service scrapped.

People gathered holding candles outside Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup (QMS) last Friday evening to put the pressure on the Health Secretary Alan Johnson to overturn the decision. This comes after Bexley council and the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee separately referred the decision by the Joint Committee of PCTs to Mr Johnson.

Candles were handed out to the gathering crowd as Reverend Trevor Donnelly led prayers giving thanks for the hospital and asking that "those in power be given the direction to make the right decision".

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett said: "This vigil shows how much people value the A&E and maternity Services at Queen Mary's and we all need to keep putting pressure on the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson MP, to make the decision to keep local vital services."

Leader of Bexley council, Teresa O'Neill added:

"I'm convinced the

council were right to

refer the decision to Alan Johnson. He must listen to local people and leave Queen Mary's alone.

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