Lewisham Hospital supporters celebrate court appeal
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Lewisham Hospital: Celebrations over A&E court win

Campaigners have been celebrating after the Court of Appeal backed them in their bid to keep Lewisham Hospital's A&E and maternity departments open.

Judges ruled that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt did not have powers to implement cuts.

The trust that runs the hospital is £60m in debt.

After the verdict, supporters of the hospital expressed their relief while consultants at the hospital Dr John Miell and Dr John O'Donohue said they felt humbled by the campaign.

In a statement, Mr Hunt said he understood why campaigners did not want change but he said he had a duty to protect the whole of south London.

Nick Samuels, from Foundation Trust Network, said it was incredibly difficult to make funding changes however the health system was not set up for today's level of use.

  • 29 Oct 2013
  • From the section London
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