We call on the Secretary of State for Health to reject any recommendations put to him which would result in reductions in the services provided to residents of Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley.
We the undersigned are extremely concerned about the proposals in the draft report of the Trust Special Administrator to downgrade Lewisham Hospital with the closure of its A+E, maternity, ITU and emergency medical, surgical and paediatric wards and the sell-off of Lewisham Hospital assets to help pay the debt of the neighbouring South London Healthcare Trust. We believe that all hospital Lewisham Hospital’s services must remain intact in order to serve the needs of the people of Lewisham with its growing population and high levels of health need. We believe the closure of vital services in Lewisham Hospital will overwhelm other hospitals such as Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich, which does not have the capacity to cope with the increased demand. We are also concerned about the proposed loss of hundreds of medical, nursing and other NHS jobs and closures of services in South London Health Trust Hospitals in Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley. We fear that patient care will suffer and that patients will be put at risk.