I reminded Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, that when David Cameron was in Opposition he named Lewisham as one of the 29 hospitals he would personally defend. Lewisham is a successful, solvent and highly regarded hospital. 120,000 people use the A&E department each year, and more than 4000 babies are born in the maternity unit. It is crazy that our borough should be forced to lose these excellent services.
My colleague Heidi Alexander MP (Lewisham East) also took part in the debate. You can view our contributions below (my speech begins at 14:59:50 and Heidi's begins at 3:58:28).