In contrast with last night’s meeting in Lewisham, which sounded rather lively (and where security staff reportedly tried to bar journalists), Tuesday’s meeting at The Valley in Charlton was less than half-full, with only about 30-40 people there, with barely a voice raised in anger. A large number of questioners were councillors and members of the Greenwich Labour party.
There wasn’t much new said about the report, which proposes the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and poses a question mark about its maternity services, but I thought I’d post some audio up for those interested, as well as audio from past meetings.
3 December 2012, The Valley, Charlton
a) The TSA’s panel is asked about Lewisham’s maternity services:
b) Matthew Kershaw is asked about the modelling of maternity services:
c) Most of the rest of the meeting:
21 November 2012, Christchurch Forum, Greenwich
15 November 2012, Woolwich Town Hall (to the public and Greenwich councillors)
(poor quality, but here’s a full post on the meeting)
For more on the consultation, which ends on 13 December, see the TSA website. For more on the campaign to protect Lewisham’s hospital services, see Save Lewisham Hospital. Shannon Hawthorne has a great summary that’s worth reading, too.