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Aug

Lewisham Hospital services saved by High Court


The High Court has ruled that the decision to reduce services at Lewisham Hospital in southeast London was unlawful.

The High Court has ruled that the decision to reduce services at Lewisham Hospital in southeast London was unlawful.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt was deemed to have breached provisions of the National Health Services Act 2006 when he announced in January that A&E and maternity units at the hospital would be downgraded.

Mr Hunt’s decision was hugely unpopular with the London Borough of Lewisham and led to the creation of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, a community-based group made up of patients, community groups, GPs, doctors, nurses and health professionals.

A statement from the Department of Health reads: "This judgment applies to one aspect of a package of changes which we believe are in the best long-term interests of patients and the public across south east London. So of course we are disappointed by this decision. We need to consider the judgment carefully, and have obtained permission to appeal.”

The DOH added that it will continue with other elements of the package of changes, including the dissolution of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust from 1st October.

It had been claimed by the health secretary that the changes to Lewisham would improve patient care in the area and save up to 100 lives a year.

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