As you may have heard, Lewisham Council have been successful in their appeal to the High Court to rule the proposals to close Acute Care at Lewisham Hospital unlawful.
We have previously on this site pointed out that Lewisham Hospital is far more important for the health needs of people at this end of the Borough than the Princess Royal at Farnborough. We have given the fight our full support. We did try to persuade Bromley Tories to also join us but they voted against our resolution. This confirms how little they care about issues that do not directly affect their own constituency in the south of the borough.
There are further stages to go through but this success in the courts has been a huge boost for all of those who realised the value and excellence of the provision at Lewisham
Our local MP, Jim Dowd, has commented:
In a huge boost to the campaign to save Lewisham Hospital and the crucial services that it provides to local people the High Court has decided that the Tory/Liberal Government’s plans to destroy it as a fully functioning acute centre are illegal. This is a spectacular humiliation for the Prime Minister and both his current and former Health Secretaries. Although there are further stages to the judicial process, the judgement was damning and made clear that, despite Government denials, this was a wholly improper attempt to achieve a backdoor reorganisation.
In a process that began over a year ago, I said at the outset that the Government always had Lewisham Hospital in its sights – even before the Special Administrator began his work. I, along with many others, also said that using this process to attack Lewisham Hospital was fraudulent and dishonest. Now the courts have agreed empathically and given Ministers a timely reminder that however high you may be, the law is above you.
I congratulate the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign and particularly the Labour Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, for leading the battle to protect residents across the constituency. I and my other Parliamentary colleagues in Lewisham have been delighted to support the fight for justice and integrity. The High Court has vindicated our belief that the Government had no right to treat Lewisham Hospital in such a dismissive fashion and we will continue to do all that we can to defend the interests of local people.