Decision due on Lewisham Hospital A&E

06:54 31 January 2013

Protesters took part in a march on Saturday past Lewisham Hospital in protest against proposals to scrap the hospital

Protesters took part in a march on Saturday past Lewisham Hospital in protest against proposals to scrap the hospital's A&E department and downgrade its maternity ward. Picture: Simon Way/Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust/PA Wire

The fate of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department is due to be announced today.

Under government plans the emergency unit could be replaced with an “urgent care” ward, and the hospital’s maternity services turned into a midwife-led unit.

The closures are part of a radical overhaul proposed by a special administrator in response to nearby South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) going into administration after it started losing around £1.3million a week.

The reorganisation proposed by special administrator Matthew Kershaw to deal with SLHT’s collapse is intended to save around £42m from the staff pay budget.

Previous estimates suggested those savings would include cutting 140 medical staff across the trust’s three hospitals.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce today what will happen to the hospital.

At the weekend around 25,000 people march in protest against the proposals.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham criticised the proposed changes at Lewisham, saying: “If that were to be approved, I believe it would set a dangerous precedent to the NHS when the NHS is taking out A&E capacity on the basis of finance, not on care and quality, and that is a line over which the government must not cross.

“What is being proposed is to solve the financial problems in one trust, the suggestion is they take away the A&E of a successful trust next door.

“Now that isn’t reconfiguration on the premise that we’ve been doing it for the last however many years, which is there must be a clinical case for change.

“I’ve seen no clinical case, looking at the wider impact on A&E across south London.

“There hasn’t been an A&E under this pressure where there are already safety concerns. How can you just take out A&E on the back of fairly arbitrary financial calculations?”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

It’s the weekend and you deserve to be as happy as these elephants are.

Read more

Upset it’s the end of summer? Let’s remind you of the great things about winter.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

The family to which Ebola belongs could be as old as 23 million years.

The gaming industry’s answer to the Oscars has dished out its annual awards.

Potential female candidates are already being prepared for the upcoming diocese vacancies in Southwell, Nottingham, Gloucester and Oxford.

Watch the moment the Shadow Chancellor got interrupted by a daring arachnid.

TOP Stories

Fri, 17:48
The man stole the bus from south-east London (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A double decker bus was stolen and taken for a rather long drive in south-east London, through picturesque villages, before being dumped in a bus stop - with £500 worth of damage.

Fri, 14:24
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Fri, 14:03
Police are keen to talk to this man who was seen leaving the building at around the time of the assault [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Police are hunting a pervert who pretended he was a plumber before sexually assaulting a schoolgirl in a Bethnal Green flat.

London Bloggers

Fri, 14:24
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.