London, UK. 7th July 2018. People take part in a short i'die-in' at the end of the march by Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) campaigners against the closure of acute facilities at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals in south Londonl. They had marched from Sutton to a rally there celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS and opposing hospital closures. Credit: Peter Marshall/Alamy Live News

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London, UK. 7th July 2018. People take part in a short i'die-in' at the end of the march by Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) campaigners against the closure of acute facilities at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals in south Londonl. They had marched from Sutton to a rally there celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS and opposing hospital closures. The Epsom and St Helier Trust want to close A&E, Maternity, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Surgery, Intensive Care, Coronary Care and the Cancer Centre at one or both hospitals and sell off the sites. The closures are prompted by government cuts which call for huge savings by the trust, and would leave a wide swathe of south London and around half a million people without proper access to hospital services. People would have to travel longer distances through increasingly congested roads to reach full hospital services at St Georges Tooting and elsewhere, a journey which might take 20 minutes when traffic was light but much longer when roads were congested; even in ambulances there would be more dead on arrival or whose condition had seriously deteriorated. Peter Marshall/Alamy Live News

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