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Furious protesters join march to Lewisham

PUBLISHED: 12:36 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:34 25 August 2010

CAMPAIGN: Demonstrators take to the streets of Lewisham.

CAMPAIGN: Demonstrators take to the streets of Lewisham.

POLITICIANS and health campaigners joined a second march against cuts to their hospitals.

POLITICIANS and health campaigners joined a second march against cuts to their hospitals.

Around 300 people joined the march last Saturday from Blackheath to Lewisham, in a bid to protect services at the University Hospital, Lewisham.

In the proposals by A Picture of Health the hospital could lose their Accident and Emergency, maternity unit and its award-winning Children's Unit.

This follows a march through Sidcup on March 1, which saw more than 2,000 residents say no to the axing of Queen Mary's, Sidcup Accident and Emergency unit and maternity unit.

On the march was Labour MP for Lewisham East and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice Bridget Prentice.

She said: "This march demonstrates in no uncertain terms the strength of local feeling against the proposed A Picture of Health changes."

Lewisham GP Barbara Jacobs, who was also on the march, said: "Let's build up on the services we have got instead of seperating them."

She said MRSA has been successfully contained in Lewisham hospital, by separating the services within the hospital, rather than using different hospital sites, as proposed by A Picture of Health.

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