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Candle-lit vigil as Lewisham Hospital consultation closes

Candle-lit vigil as Lewisham Hospital consultation closes

A peaceful demonstration and candle-lit vigil marked the end of the public consultation period on the controversial closure of units at Lewisham Hospital last night as campaigners said it was ‘just the beginning’ of their work to save the institution. The protest began outside the hospital yesterday at 4pm. Demonstrators burnt…

Court of Appeal victory in ‘Justice for Joe’ campaign

Court of Appeal victory in ‘Justice for Joe’ campaign

A Stoke Newington man who suffers from bipolar disorder has won his appeal to remain in hospital care rather than be returned to prison to serve his sentence for arson. The decision by the Court of Appeal is a victory for the ‘Justice for Joe’ campaign, which was launched in…

Candle-lit vigil held for Lewisham Hospital

Candle-lit vigil held for Lewisham Hospital

A dramatic candle-lit vigil will be staged this evening to mark the final day of consultation over the planned closure of maternity and A&E units at Lewisham Hospital. Hundreds of people opposed to the closure are expected to gather outside the hospital to display banners telling their personal stories and…

Lewisham Hospital: Voices opposing the closures

Lewisham Hospital: Voices opposing the closures

Here we offer a platform for the views of two people opposed to the closure of the maternity and A&E units at Lewisham Hospital.  John O’Donohue, a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Lewisham Hospital  for the last 14 years gives his personal verdict: “When the proposals were announced, there was just widespread…

Lewisham Healthcare Trust rejects A&E closure

Lewisham Healthcare Trust rejects A&E closure

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust has released a draft response to the ‘transformation recommendations’ that could force their A&E and maternity units to close, rejecting proposals put forward by the Trust Special Administrator. The Healthcare Trust stressed that the consultation process carried out by the TSA had made it “impossible to…

Politicians speak out against Lewisham Hospital closures

Politicians speak out against Lewisham Hospital closures

  Two weeks ago more than 10,000 people joined a protest march against the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units. Over 30,000 signatures were handed to Downing Street in a petition on Friday and the debate has even reached a national level with high profile figures such as…

Campaigners submit petition to Downing Street in support of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units

Campaigners submit petition to Downing Street in support of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units

Over 30,000 signatures have been handed into 10 Downing Street today, in protest against the proposed closure of Lewisham A&E and maternity units. Consultants and doctors from Lewisham Hospital joined Heidi Alexander, Labour MP for Lewisham-East, as she presented 32,186 signatures to the Prime Minister. Joan Ruddock, Labour MP for…

Greenwich Council declares its support for Lewisham A&E

Greenwich Council declares its support for Lewisham A&E

In a major new development, Greenwich Council has finally rejected the proposed closure of Lewisham A&E – a move that campaigners have been calling for since consultation began. However, they remain ambiguous regarding recommendation to reduce maternity services, saying that “clinicians themselves appear divided” on the issue. A detailed statement…

Leukaemia patient sparks minority bone marrow drive

Leukaemia patient sparks minority bone marrow drive

A Forest Hill woman being treated for leukaemia at Lewisham Hospital has sparked a bone marrow donation drive – drawing attention to a serious lack of donors from minority ethnic backgrounds. Bengu Shail, 34, who is a case studies officer for Macmillan Cancer Support, has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Although there…

Angry protestors mob Matthew Kershaw at consultation on Lewisham A&E and maternity ward closure

Angry protestors mob Matthew Kershaw at consultation on Lewisham A&E and maternity ward closure

Matthew Kershaw, NHS trust special administrator, was greeted with angry boos and cries of “shame” yesterday, as he met with people in Lewisham to hear their views on the proposals to shut Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units. Kershaw arrived at the Calabash Centre on George Lane and had to be…