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A Local Example of a National Crisis This report shows the reality and the anatomy of a crisis that is slowly unfolding nationally in the delicate networks of care in the community. Lewisham is a Labour borough which increased its majority in the election. Like many other boroughs, health and social care services are under extreme strain. It is likely to be worse in other places, as the Labour administration has done its best to protect services where it can. Lewisham is lucky to have two committed and effective people-centred organisations: the Save Lewisham Campaign and Healthwatch. We combined forces […]
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Monday 28th October will be the date when, just like Wallace,     Mr Rory Phillips QC got up and put on the wrong trousers. Then search as he might, there was no sight nor sound of Grommit coming to the rescue. We now know that Lewisham has secured an historic 3 Minute Verdict victory and that Jeremy Hunt has told the Commons that he will ‘ respect the Courts as the final arbiter of what the law means.’ – accepting the Court’s decision instead of continuing to try to bend and break it to his own agenda, Dame Joan Ruddock (Lewisham/Deptford) […]
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Polly Toynbee in her Guardian column of 25th October draws attention to “an emergency extra law …. rushed through the Lords this week to give NHS bankruptcy administrators power over surrounding viable hospitals” (1). This means that the Government , having been told by Mr Justice Silber that the action of its appointed ‘special administrator’ to close the Lewisham  A&E department was unlawful, is attempting to change the law to allow special administrators a free hand to close facilities and move services without any real public consultation. This at a time when the Government has been heralding patient and GP […]
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As the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and Lewisham Borough Council await the results of their joint judicial reviews against the government’s plans to demolish 60% of the existing buildings and replace them with a high rise development whilst downgrading the remainder, SHA readers may like to gain an overview of the High Court proceedings … the result is expected within the next 3 weeks http://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/jos-bell/has-jeremy-hunt-acted-outside-law http://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/jos-bell/has-jeremy-hunt-acted-outside-law-part-2

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By Brian Fisher in a personal capacity I’m a GP in Lewisham and have been involved in the campaign as clinician, resident and Clinical Commissioning Group worker. I have never seen so much involvement, enthusiasm and passion for a health issue. Through impressive organisation and a superb comms and press team, we have triggered deep feelings of anger and resistance. People in the borough see a distant political machine riding rudely over our services, our interests and our health. The unfairness seems blatant and the attitude casual and dismissive. You can feel the top-down reorganisation. The campaign has been organised […]
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The planned closure of Lewisham’s A&E Department raises the spectre of judicial review We recently ran a piece which gave a summary of the procedure for judicial review, and how this process might be applied to the NHS given the passage of the Health and Social Welfare Act into law and the restructuring of the NHS which will now follow. A prime example of this is the current contention surrounding the planned closure of Lewisham Hospital’s Accident and Emergency and Maternity units.  If you don’t live in London, you might not have heard of the situation, but the gist of […]
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 SAVE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN’S RESPONSE TO THE TRUST SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR’S DRAFT REPORT INTO THE FAILURE OF SOUTH LONDON HEALTHCARE TRUST (SLHT) AS REQUIRED UNDER S18 OF HEALTH ACT 2009 Principles We note the first principle of your report that patients’ interests should always come first so that they have the necessary access to the services on which they rely. We do not see in the report any convincing evidence that proves a case for the closure of facilities at Lewisham. We are convinced that the plans outlined in the report will lead to worsening health care and for that reason […]
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On September 26th Lewisham Council passed a motion pledging to protect the NHS. Two months later, on the evening of Wednesday, 28th November – three spaces, three places, taken up with close to a thousand people all focused upon one thing – the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign. The fact that the borough is palpably reeling with shock is reflected in the comment made by Dr John Lister of London Health Emergency who told us that this is the largest campaign he has ever seen – and noted how quickly it had come together. Just 4 days after the March of […]
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We all know that just about every announcement of any change in NHS provision will be met by fierce opposition from local politicians, even from local politicians that have responsibility for the policy that leads to the change!  That is a problem, but it is fair to say that the NHS in general has been hopeless at building the case even for sensible changes. Whilst some in the NHS appear to be unaware of it, there is a lengthy and exhaustive process which is supposed to be used before there is any significant reconfiguration of services.  There are even a […]
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According to the Public Accounts Committee there are over 70 NHS Trusts which had deficits last year and at least 11 existing Foundation Trusts (once the elite) that are not viable.  Top of the list of debtors, although not by much, is South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT).  Proposals to make services sustainable in South East London have been published by the Trust Special Administrator who drew on external consultancy advice from the usual experts. Over recent years, in many of the 70 challenged trusts and others, there have been proposals drawn up by similar experts; proposals then signed off by […]
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