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Lewisham health workers gear up for cuts protest

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2330

Around 100 health workers and activists from Lewisham Save Our A&E campaign in south east London met on Wednesday last week to build for the demonstration next Saturday.

The Tories’ £20 billion NHS cuts mean that Lewisham hospital faces losing its A&E, maternity services, children’s wards and emergency surgery.

Lewisham hospital’s new buildings were built under Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme. This is where a private firm builds a hospital then leases it back to the NHS. This means that Lewisham hospital has PFI debt of £69?million, more than all of its £65 million “overspend”.

Over 50,000 leaflets for the protest have now been distributed to a network of people who are handing them out to train stations, schools, and workplaces.

Street stalls in Lewisham and Deptford also gave out leaflets and talked to people about the threatened hospital closures. Shops have put up posters, workplaces have been contacted and have invited health workers to come and talk to them about the campaign.

The first campaign meeting attracted over 800 people. It showed how seriously people are taking this threat to their services and their determination to defend them.

Demonstrate—assemble 2pm, Saturday 24 November, Loampit Vale roundabout, London SE13, to march to the hospital

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Tue 20 Nov 2012, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2330
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