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Protestors show unity
Friday, 21 December 2012
BUTCHERS, surgeons, schoolchildren and cabbies were among those who showed their opposition to the axing of Lewisham Hospital’s emergency and maternity services.
At multiple locations across the borough protests were held outside work places and schools on Thursday to mark the end of the consultation on changes to hospital services.
Most held bright red signs declaring “Don’t Keep Calm Get Angry and Save Lewisham Hospital.”
The event was to mark the end of the consultation on the recommendations for the hospital made by Matthew Kershaw the Government appointed administrator for neighbouring South London Healthcare Trust.
Groups of hospital workers and staff from doctors surgeries, council workers, firefighters, bus drivers and students from Goldsmiths University in New Cross all took part in the event.
Staff from almost every shop along Lewisham Way stood outside with their banners.
Mums at Prendergast Vale College in Elmira Street let their feeling be known as did staff and pupils at John Roan School, Maze Hill Blackheath.
A vigil was also held outside the hospital in Lewisham High Street which included a ritual burning of Mr Kershaw’s consultation document.
Plans to downgrade the solvent, popular hospital brought about 15,000 to the streets in a march on Saturday, November 24 and a petition with more than 30,000 signatures has been handed to David Cameron.
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