JOHN'S LABOUR BLOG:
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Save Lewisham A&E March this Saturday 26 January
"UNISON expresses bitter disappointment that TSA Matthew
Kershaw has chosen to ignore the unprecedented response to the recent
consultation exercise in respect of his health proposals across Lewisham and
the South London Healthcare Trust.
In doing so he disregards a number of compelling clinical
arguments in favour of the retention of emergency and maternity services on the
Whilst the political arguments are taken to the heart of
government by our local Labour Party MPs, and the Secretary of State
deliberates on the final decision, UNISON is urging all of its members to join
in the march and rally on Saturday 26th January.
Come and march with your local UNISON branch and join with UNISON
colleagues from across South London in demonstrating against the
proposed down grading of our local emergency and maternity services.
The march will pass by the hospital and terminate
in Mountsfield Park around 14.00, with live music and various
speakers, including UNISON Greater London Deputy Regional Convenor (and
Lewisham's very own) Conroy Lawrence.
Assemble under the UNISON Greater London Regional banner on the
roundabout by Lewisham Station from 12.00 on Saturday 26th January.
In the meanwhile UNISON will be making a further submission to the
Secretary of State drawing attention to the powerful arguments made in our
consultation response previously submitted to Matthew Kershaw.
As others have already commented, we need to maximise turnout at
this march and rally in order deliver a resounding statement to the Secretary
of State before he makes his final decision.
Please make every effort to support this event and I look forward
to joining with you all on the 26th".