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Up to 10,000 march against Lewisham Hospital’s A&E closure plans

Protesters demonstrated against plans which would leave 750,000 Bexley, Lewisham and Greenwich residents with one A&E between them. Pic by Andy Worthington.

Protesters demonstrated against plans which would leave 750,000 Bexley, Lewisham and Greenwich residents with one A&E between them. Pic by Andy Worthington.

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Up to 10,000 people marched through Lewisham on Saturday against plans which would leave 750,000 people in south-east London with just one A&E between them.

If proposals go ahead, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham will have to share just one emergency department at Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich.

South London Healthcare Trust administrator Matthew Kershaw recommended the closure of Lewisham’s A&E in his draft proposals for care across south-east London.

But demonstrators claim it will not be able to cope with the extra patients, especially as it had to take Queen Mary’s A&E cases after its closure in November 2010.

Councillor Liam Curran, from Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, said: “Hospitals should not be run as profit ventures - they are not supermarkets, to be closed if they don’t make enough money. They are run to save lives. We will fight Kershaw’s plans at all costs and stop at nothing to save our hospital.”


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