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Defend London's NHS: the press launch in Parliament

On Monday February 11, 2013, "Defend London's NHS," an unprecedented coalition of MPs, unions, campaigners, patients, doctors and other health workers, was launched in the Jubilee Room in the House of Commons. it was the start of a week of action that saw events at a number of endangered locations -- in Lewisham, in north west london, in south west London, and at the Whittington Hospital in Archway. Everywhere, the government (which is committed to the destruction of the NHS), and senior NHS management (who have forgotten what the NHS is for) are busy proposing and attempting to justify cuts that will endanger lives, and lead to dangerous overcrowding, while pretending that it will improve clinical care. Everywhere, A&E Departments face closure, maternity units will be so severely downgraded that almost no mothers in the areas affected will be able to give birth near their homes any more, and buildings -- around 60 percent on average -- will be sold.

The panel, united in their recognition that the NHS currently faces an unparalleled threat, greater than at any other time in its 65-year history, included, from left to right, Dr. Louise Irvine, a GP in Deptford and the chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign (in the red), Dr. Onkar Sahota, a GP and the chair of the Ealing Save Our Hospitals campaign, Andy Slaughter, the Labour MP for Hammersmith, the shadow justice minister, and the secretary of Hammersmith and Fulham Save Our Hospitals, Carlo Nero (moderating), the chair of Hammersmith and Fulham Save Our Hospitals, Dr. John Lister (Health Emergency), and, on the right, Heidi Alexander, Labour MP for Lewisham East.

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Taken on February 11, 2013