Jeremy Hunt’s plans for Lewisham Hospital:
A&E to be downgraded to a non-admitting Urgent Care Centre.
Maternity unit to be downgraded by 90% to a midwife-led birthing centre.
Read the full paper here.
You can watch the video of Jeremy Hunt’s performance in the House of Commons today
On youtube here
here. You’ll need Silverlight installed, and you need to scroll to 11:33. You’ll be able to see the outrage of many London MPs at what is being pushed through.
James Cleverly’s astonishingly ill-judged tweet (Conservative member of the London Assembly):
Heidi Alexander, before the announcement:
But it’s not over. As the Lewisham Lib Dems put it:
To which Darryl1974 suggested
And Heidi Alexander suggested the same thing on her blog:
“There is also a big legal question about whether the Secretary of State has the power to axe vital services at Lewisham based on the administration process that has taken place.
I know that Lewisham Council have threatened the Secretary of State with judicial review proceedings.
It seems to me that this decision could still be challenged in the courts and I will be seeking an urgent update from Lewisham Council about their plans.”
And a statement from Mayor Bullock today:
“I do not believe that the TSA had the statutory power to make recommendations about Lewisham Hospital and the Secretary of State therefore has no power to implement them.
“I will be talking to our lawyers and we will also of course need to talk to our colleagues at Lewisham Hospital in order to fully understand the implications of Mr Hunt’s statement.”
Good to see the Evening Standard informing and educating the metropolis:
So what to do? Suggestions below please.
Title of this blog pinched from KierShiels: