Thousands march in Lewisham to save A&E

Author: 
Cathy Nugent

Maybe as many as or even more than 10,000 people marched on 24 November through central Lewisham to stop the closure of the A&E, maternity and other departments at the local hospital.


Click here to download model motion to support the Lewisham Hospital campaign
Click here to download NHS Unity Network newsletter about the Lewisham Hospital campaign

The biggest demonstration Lewisham has seen since the "Battle for New Cross" in 1977 and one of the biggest in the UK against local NHS cuts for many years.

This was very much a demonstration of the local community but will have drawn in people from around south London who also face cuts in their NHS services proposed by government-appointed Special Administrator after South London Heath Care Trust went bust.

The root of the problem is the massive, long-term payments a neighbouring Trust has had to fork out to PFI contrators. Everyone in south London and not just Lewisham are set to pay the price. Unless we stop the NHS bosses and the government who have devised cuts so that they can continue to pay out to the PFI profiteers.

This demonstration was fantastic start, but there is not much time. Anyone wishing to get involved in the campaign to discuss and work out how to take further effective action and link up around London should come to the next public meeting.

7pm, Wednesday 28 November, Broadway Theatre, Catford

And the next action:

6pm, Tuesday 4 December
Converge on Kershaw (the special adminstator)
Calabash Centre, George Lane, SE6

Further reports soon.

For the strategy Workers' Liberty and our supporters are arguing in the campaign, see Occupy to stop the closure!

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