Demonstration takes place tomorrowThis FA Cup Fourth Round tie is taking place tonight because a major demonstration against cuts to vital services at Lewisham Hospital is planned tomorrow, starting at the big roundabout close to Lewisham station (12noon) and proceeding via the hospital to a rally at Mountsfield Park.
It is anticipated that thousands of protesters will attend this event, necessitating police resources to be deployed in ensuring that it passes off smoothly.
Current plans would see 60 per cent of the hospital site sold off, including the A&E department, maternity ward, it’s highly-regarded children’s wards and a range of elderly care departments.
The total cost of the closures is estimated to be £55million. It would leave one A&E department at Woolwich serving 750,000 people in Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley.
As MPs of all parties from Lambeth to Bexley and Bromley have said, the remaining hospitals will be overwhelmed and services will suffer.
We at Millwall are not persuaded by the arguments put forward in favour of closing the A&E department, children’s wards, intensive care and maternity services at Lewisham.
Consequently, we have given permission for hospital staff and supporters to hand out leaflets again this evening as we look to persuade the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to reverse the decision.
We would also encourage supporters who feel strongly about this issue to join Zampa the Lion, other Millwall staff and their family and friends in attending the demonstration tomorrow.