Secretary of State for Health
Department of Health
London SW1A 2NS
Dear Jeremy Hunt,
I am writing to you about the proposed closures at Lewisham Hospital of Accident and Emergency and Maternity Services.
You and David Cameron have confirmed that no closure will take place if the proposed service reorganisation does not meet the Secretary for Health's Four Tests. As I understand it Matthew Kershaw and his team's recommendations do not fulfil the requirements set out.
Despite an enormous budget that escalated dramatically, the TSA did not provide adequate resources to properly engage with Lewisham's diverse population and so you have not received a fair representation of our needs.
My family rely on the acute services provided at Lewisham Hospital. We demand that these services are kept local for the Lewisham population. The result of closure will be that people will delay going to A&E so their health will suffer because they won't receive the medical attention they require when they are most at need.
I also believe that women in Lewisham should be able to give birth in Lewisham in the safe knowledge that the delivery will be supported by the best medical attention they require.
It is unacceptable that an entire London Borough be asked to travel to Woolwich to receive emergency care. It will be very dangerous to burden the surrounding areas with the extra capacity of Lewisham patients.
I have heard much about patient choice over the last few weeks. Matthew Kershaw's recommendations reduce choice for our entire community.
I urge you to take our views into account. The recommendations do not have the support of patients, doctors, GP commissioners or the public.