Lewisham Maternity and A&E services – SAVED!!!!

Update: 30th October 2013 – the fight for Lewisham Maternity and A&E services has been won. Click here to read more.

In July 2012 the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt appointed Trust Special Administrators (TSA) to make a report detailing how to sort out the finances of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) which boarders Lewisham.  The TSA report recommended that Lewisham should downgrade it’s A&E and Maternity Unit.

The following report by Prof. Allyson Pollock “shows that the TSA has made no public health case for downgrading services and has provided no sound evidence for the policy”.

click here to view the Allyson Pollock report, introduced on the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign website

As Prof. Pollock emphasised at the Lewisham People’s Commission of Enquiry, Lewisham is not a failing Hospital, in fact far from it.  However, neither are the neighbouring hospitals ‘financially failing hospitals’.  “We point to a number of government policies that have created the situation in south east London, including the exorbitant, increasing, yet unclear cost of SLHT’s longstanding PFI deals, …

The people of Lewisham have known all along that the action taken against their Hospital is an outrage and have come out in force over and over again to defend their local NHS.

On the 2nd July the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign (helped by residents, Millwall football club and 38Degrees members) took legal action over the decision to downgrade and close services at the hospital…..AND WON

The fight, however, continued when Jeremy Hunt appealed the court’s decision.

In October 2013 The Lewisham Hospital Campaign and Jeremy Hunt returned to court.  Jeremy Hunt Lost. Click here to read the details on the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign website.

 Update: 30th October 2013 – the fight for Lewisham Maternity and A&E services has been won. Click here to read more.

(click here to view the Save Lewisham Hospital facebook page)

Click here for more details from the Save Lewisham Hospital website

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