- Tower Hamlets
Members of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign say they plan to “send a strong message” to Boris Johnson when he visits Catford tomorrow for the bi-annual People’s Question Time.
The Mayor of London and members of the London Assembly will be answering residents’ questions at the Broadway Theatre in Catford from 7pm.
Jos Bell, spokesperson for the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, said: “We want Boris to listen to the facts, understand the facts and get on board with the facts, in a way that will save the lives of South East Londoners instead of putting them at risk.”
The campaigners will give the Mayor a “warm welcome.” Bell said: “We will have banners, a red carpet, Boris lookalikes and street entertainment. We are throwing him a real campaign reception so he feels right at home.”
However, Bell added: “Boris Johnson is ignoring the fact that if you find yourself in a medical emergency, or if you have a complicated condition, every kilometre you have to go increases mortality risks.
“He needs to understand that having too few A&Es puts people’s lives at risk.”
At the FA Cup quarter final between Millwall and Blackburn Rovers this Sunday, they will team up with the hospital’s Business As Usual campaign which aims to inform residents that the hospital is still up and running and to encourage them to use its facilities.
A local choir will be partnering with rapper Question Musiq at the match to perform his song Save Lewisham A&E. They want the crowd to sing “we want our A&E” in order to promote the Lewisham hospital cause.
Bell said: “The more people use this hospital, the more chances it has to stay open. The government needs to see it’s popular. We want to tell people to choose Lewisham hospital.”