2 August 2013
After months of determined campaigning, including two mass demonstrations of 8,000 in November and 30,000 in January, campaigners battling to stop Tory plans to slash the hospital’s services, including A&E and maternity, were able to celebrate this week.
On Wednesday a cheering crowd gathered outside Lewisham Hospital once more, elated by the court ruling of Mr Justice Silber who quashed Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s plans to push the cuts plans through.
Hospital workers joining the victory rally on their break spoke of how big cheers broke out on the wards when news of the victory arrived.
The victory at Lewisham shows that it is possible to stop the Tories’ cuts and is a beacon for those fighting back everywhere. And it is not in isolation. Last month, campaigners fighting to defend the Whittington Hospital in north London from sell off and cuts to beds and jobs forced a major climb-down.
These victories show what is possible when we mobilise resistance to the Tories’ plans. They underline the need for everyone to get to Manchester on 29 September and join the national demonstration for the NHS called by Unison, Unite and the GMB and backed by the TUC.