Supporting the cause for Lewisham Hospital A & E
By Donovan Grant
“Save lives, not money!” This was the clear message from around 15,000’s of Londoners who were campaigning against the closure of Lewisham Hospitals A & E.
The community marched on this wintry Saturday afternoon and formed a ring of solidarity around the hospital.
The transport system came to near standstill for a while as everyone threw their support to the cause.
Government administrators have recommended the closure and for people to travel to the A & E department in Woolwich instead. However, the people in the community have got something to say about that…
Umbrellas, winter coats and hot cups of teas were in large supply as the members of the public and hospital staff remained determined, unstoppable and purposeful.
The unanimous vote from all aspects of the Lewisham residents is to keep the Lewisham Hospital A & E department open.
A petition will now be taken to the Prime minster at 10 Downing street to convey the voice from the community. Unless a real viable alternative is found, then it's time for the decision makers to look beyond the £££'s and pence and focus on what really matters. The lives of babies, children and all people who visit Lewisham's A & E department every day!
Let's keep hope alive.
Were you at the hospital on Saturday? What was the feeling of the group that you were with? How will you cope if Lewisham's A & E closes? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Donovan Grant is a Lewisham resident for over 20 years. He's a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations. He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com