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Where does your tip go – to the boss or the staff?

Where does your tip go – to the boss or the staff?

Heather Saul on how serving staff are deprived of the tips paid for their work. A bar tender drops a cocktail at work. She has worked there for many years, and – unusually – has never dropped one before. The full asking price of this cocktail (not the cost price)…

Boris to lobby Government over Lewisham Hospital

Boris  to lobby Government over Lewisham Hospital

Members of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign are celebrating this week, after Boris Johnson pledged to: “Seek assurances, as I have done many times already, that any changes to services at Lewisham Hospital will improve healthcare locally and that clinical outcomes will not be affected.” Johnson also promised to meet…

Half term special: Activities to keep everyone busy during the school holidays on the East London Line

Half term special: Activities to keep everyone busy during the school holidays on the East London Line

  It might seem like Christmas was only yesterday, but it’s already school half term. Not to fear though, as ELL has selected the best (and mostly free) activities for you across our boroughs to keep everybody entertained. Tower Hamlets Get Your Skates On Wednesday February 20 There will be…

The fight isn’t over for Lewisham Hospital: campaigners rally to defend their local maternity and A&E services

The fight isn’t over for Lewisham Hospital: campaigners rally to defend their local maternity and A&E services

  Campaigners, GPs and local MPs rallied outside Lewisham Hospital today, in a bid to determine how best to save the services they are set to lose from their A&E and maternity units. Residents met at the war memorial adjacent to the hospital to hear speeches led by local GP Dr Louise Irvine,…

Lewisham residents speak out after Health Secretary announces hospital cuts

Lewisham residents speak out after Health Secretary announces hospital cuts

Lewisham residents were left ‘shocked’, ‘disgusted’ and ‘appalled’ yesterday, after being told their A&E will be cut by a quarter and the maternity unit will be led by mid-wives, despite tireless campaigning to save the hospital. In response, a rally was organised outside Lewisham Hospital’s main entrance, within just four…

Residents concerned over proposed closures

Residents concerned over proposed closures

We asked  local people what they thought of the proposed closure of  Lewisham A&E and reduced maternity services. The general response was largely negative, with many people on Lewisham High Street expressing their concern about the recommendations. Members of the community are worried about having to deal with limited access…

Lewisham A&E will continue with reduced service:maternity unit becomes ‘midwife-led,’ says Hunt

Lewisham A&E will continue with reduced service:maternity unit becomes ‘midwife-led,’ says Hunt

This is the live blog from 31/01/13, it is now ended. In a long awaited statement on local hospital services, Jeremy Hunt, The Secretary of State for Health, announced in Parliament today that Lewisham Hospital A&E will be reduced in size by a quarter and maternity services will become midwife…

Future of Lewisham A&E is debated in Parliament

Future of Lewisham A&E is debated in Parliament

Local MP Heidi Alexander brought the campaign to save Lewisham A&E to Westminster today, in a bid to push the campaign to the forefront of political consideration. Addressing ministers, Alexander said: “Children who are hurt, the elderly who have had a bad fall; they don’t disappear into thin air, they…

Desmond Tutu gets behind the campaign to stop Kershaw’s “scandalous” plan to close Lewisham A&E

Desmond Tutu gets behind the campaign to stop Kershaw’s “scandalous” plan to close Lewisham A&E

The campaign to Save Lewisham Hospital is steadily building momentum, after Nobel Prize winning Desmond Tutu pledged his support by promising to stand “foursquare behind the petitioners”. The former Archbishop of Cape Town slammed the TSA’s proposals to close the A&E unit at Lewisham Hospital, describing the recommendations made by…

Lewisham A&E to be debated in parliament next week

Lewisham A&E to be debated in parliament next week

Lewisham MP Heidi Alexander has announced that she has secured a 90 minute parliamentary debate over the recommended closures of Lewisham A&E and maternity unit. Since the proposals to reduce Lewisham’s admitting A&E to a non-admitting urgent care centre were announced by the government-appointed Trust Special Administrator on November 2,…

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