Health secretary loses court battle over Lewisham Hospital

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 30 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6558
  1. Clare Dyer,
  2. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1BMJ

The Court of Appeal has ruled that England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, did not have the power to close accident and emergency services at Lewisham Hospital in southeast London.

Hunt went to the appeal court on Monday 28 October to fight against a High Court ruling in summer stopping him closing the services at Lewisham.1 Hunt was arguing that the High Court judge Mr Justice Silber erred in law last July when he quashed Hunt’s decision to downgrade the hospital’s accident and emergency and maternity units.2

Hunt made the decision to downgrade the Lewisham services after a recommendation by …

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