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An update on the campaign to Save Lewisham A&E and maternity

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04 December 2012
cuts are putting lives at risk The couple of weeks since my last update have been very busy for those campaigning to save Lewisham’s A&E and maternity services. Yesterday saw the close of the six-week long consultation on the draft recommendations for the South London Healthcare Trust. In the run up to the deadline, I had been encouraging as many people as possible to respond to the consultation in order to clearly demonstrate the level of opposition to these proposals.

Many people got in touch to say that the consultation was too complicated, leaving some unclear about how they could actually state their concerns about the plans. On Tuesday of this week I wrote to the Secretary of State for Health to request a meeting with a Minister to discuss concerns with the consultation process. You can read this letter, along with a letter to the Equality and Human Rights Commission about the TSA’s approach to equality, below:

My letter to Jeremy Hunt concerning the consultation process

Lewisham MPs’ letter to the Equality & Human Rights Commission

Yesterday I submitted my full response to the TSA’s consultation, stating categorically that I believe Lewisham Hospital must retain its full admitting Accident and Emergency Department and its full admitting maternity service. You can read my response and covering letter to Mr Kershaw below. I also sent him an electronic copy of the 32,186 strong petition supported by local residents (more on that below).

My covering letter to Matthew Kershaw, Trust Special Administrator

My response to the Trust Special Administrator’s consultation on the draft report for South London Healthcare Trust

On Wednesday I used the House of Commons NHS Funding debate as an opportunity to put my opposition to the proposals on the parliamentary record. I stated that, not only are the plans for Lewisham based on inaccurate data and flawed assumptions (particularly about the hospital’s caseload), but they make little financial sense. I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with dedicated health professionals at Lewisham in the past few weeks, and everything they tell me about how these plans will operate on the ground seems to contradict what the TSA proposes. You can read my speech in full below.

My speech on NHS funding



Last Friday I delivered the petition to save services at Lewisham Hospital to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing St. I was joined by my two Parliamentary colleagues in Lewisham (Jim Dowd MP and Dame Joan Ruddock MP) and dozens of local NHS workers, who were delivering their own letter signed by thousands of local health professionals. 32,186 local residents signed my own petition (both online and in paper copy), which I believe illustrates the strength of Lewisham’s opposition to these plans. You can still sign the online petition – I plan to hand in additional signatures to the Department of Health should final recommendations be made to close Lewisham’s A&E and maternity.



Back in November I also joined thousands of people who marched to Lewisham Hospital to peacefully demonstrate against the TSA’s plans. People of all ages and backgrounds turned out in the cold and rain- from mothers with children born at the hospital to people who had their lives saved at A&E.

In the past few weeks Lewisham has clearly shown that we will not sit back and allow our services to be taken away from us in this way. As the TSA submits his final recommendations to the Secretary of State in January, and Mr Hunt makes his decision in early February, we are ready to step up the fight in the New Year.







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