The Occupation

In 1984, the South London Women's Hospital was shut down. Many of the patients in the hospital had been moved there when nearby St Benedict's Hospital closed, and had been promised they wouldn't have to move again; but now they would.

In response, staff and local supporters occupied the hospital and refused to leave, barring doors and sleeping in the hospital every night. Security guards came to cut the doors open; but the occupiers kept occupying. During one demonstration a Wandsworth woman even seized a security guard's boltcutters, which were later taken to Greenham Women's Peace Camp in Berkshire to be used to cut the fence around the Cruise Missile Base.

The occupation lasted until March the 27th 1985, when occupiers were evicted by a police operation involving over a hundred officers.

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