Lewisham Hospital saved

Amazing, wonderful news. Lawyers acting for the campaign to save Lewisham Hospital from the threat the closure of key services say:

The High Court today (31 July 2013) found that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, had acted outside his powers and therefore unlawfully, in deciding to substantially cut services and close departments at Lewisham Hospital. 

In today’s judgment Mr Justice Silber said that the decision of the Secretary of State must be “quashed” as he had acted outside his powers as Secretary of State, and in breach of the National Health Service Act 2006, when he announced to Parliament that services at Lewisham Hospital would be downgraded and closed. 

The BBC reports:

The judge gave [Hunt] permission to appeal against the decision. Mr Justice Silber said recommendations of the Secretary of State had to have regard to, or be supported by, GP commissioners. It was quite clear that the Lewisham GP commissioners did not give support to the proposals, said the judge. 


He went on: "On the contrary, they strongly opposed them although those GP commissioners in a number of surrounding but different areas were happy with them. I considered that it was the absence of support from the local GP commissioners which constituted an additional reason why the decision of the Secretary of State cannot stand."

6 comments:

Mezzer said...

Wonderful news. A tribute to those locally who always believed in this cause and never gave up, despite the odds. Lewisham Council deserve praise also of course.

maisie_moo said...

Excellent news - let's hope they don't appeal.


PS there is a clue in the title as to how keen you were to share this news, Nick...

Ez said...

Evening Standard reports that Hunt will appeal.

Tamsin said...

There is a 38 degrees petition telling Hunt not to waste pubic money by appealing. BTW I understand that if local councillors take a court decision to appeal and lose they risk ending up personally responsible for the costs. Shouldn't the same apply here? It is hardly a carefully thought out decision if it's announced within hours of being granted leave to appeal. Looks more like a pre-planned action to save political face or else a childish knee-jerk reaction, rather than a genuine doubt about the judge's legal reasoning.

tamsin said...

Posters and badges etc. available - and we're having a bit of a celebratory party locally in the Sandbourne Road Community garden (next to Franklin House) on Sunday (which is open anyway between 2 and 5).

Tamsin said...

Now got the link to the petition:

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/accept-the-lewisham-hospital-decision

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