Op-Ed: Lewisham Hospital campaign steps up the pressure

Posted Jun 16, 2013 by Alexander Baron
Jeremy Hunt has been Secretary of State for Health since September last year, and so far the post has been a poisoned chalice. Now things look like they could be getting worse.
The Riverside Building  Lewisham Hospital.
The Riverside Building, Lewisham Hospital.
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And they will if the people behind the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign have anything to do with it. A leaflet handed out in the Borough advertises a Justice for Lewisham Hospital Week June 29-July 5. The campaigners are also bringing a Judicial Review which will be heard at the High Court on July 2. (Hopefully they will have more success than Michael Stone). According to the Chairman of the Campaign, Deptford GP Dr Louise Irvine: “We believe the decision to downgrade Lewisham Accident & Emergency and Maternity units was taken unlawfully as it does not satisfy the four tests that Jeremy Hunt himself set for any hospital reconfiguration..."
The forthcoming Judicial Review has been crowdfunded, and funds are still being raised for the fight on other fronts.
Yesterday, campaigners turned up at Farnham to take the protest into the Health Secretary's own back yard, where a good time was hard by all. Well, all by everyone except the dude in this photograph.