Lewisham Council have had a £ 4.7 million reduction to public health budget by central government. This will mean massive reductions to the local health services that help to keep us all healthy and prevent prevention illness and will especially affect children.
The council is consulting on plans to cut health visiting and school nursing services, and many other community services.
Here in Lewisham, we almost lost our hospital. We know how important the NHS is to all of us. And because we saved the hospital, we know that if we had never asked, if we had never come together and demanded to save Lewisham hospital, that we might not have it now. What some of us might not know (or have forgotten) is just how essential children's community nurses and health visitors are.
Children's services are not some non-essential, 'cuttable' part of the local health service. They are central to protecting our most vulnerable children from disease and neglect. They provide the bulk of our safeguarding and public health commitments, from cradle to adulthood. It is not the place of Lewisham Council to take these services away from the next generation, it is their duty to demand they are adequately funded.
Please, for the skilled staff, vulnerable children and community, sign this petition, once again, demand to Save NHS Services in Lewisham, and keep your eyes peeled for any actions or demonstrations we may announce.
At a time when the government and NHS England are stressing the importance of preventative and community services:
WE THE UNDERSIGNED OPPOSE THESE CUTS AND URGE THE COUNCIL NOT TO ACCEPT THEM AND TO DEMAND THE RESTORATION OF AN ADEQUATE PUBLIC HEALTH GRANT FROM CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.