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The Future of Lewisham Hospital

I am very concerned by the Secretary of State for Health’s announcement on 31 January that Lewisham’s A&E is to be downgraded and that the full maternity service will be replaced by a midwife-led birthing unit. I believe this announcement is tantamount to the closure of the A&E and am appalled by the way in which this decision has [...]

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Government cuts are putting lives at risk

When I was elected as the Member of Parliament for Lewisham East two years ago, I knew that things were going to be tough under a Tory-Lib Dem Government. I suspected that decisions would be taken which would favour those at the top, whilst penalising those not so fortunate. I feared that places like Lewisham, [...]

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Stepping up the pressure to Save Lewisham Hospital

Earlier this week the final report of the Special Administrator appointed by Government to sort out the financial problems of the South London Healthcare Trust was published. This report, which is now with the Secretary of State for Health for a final decision at the beginning of February, proposes that Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department close [...]