Challenge to accident department closure fails in court

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1124
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. Legal Correspondent, BMJ.

    An 80 year old woman and two London boroughs failed this week in an attempt to stop the health secretary, Virginia Bottomley, going ahead with plans to close the accident and emergency department at one of London's oldest and most famous hospitals.

    Monica Willan, a former housekeeper at Harrods department store, and the London Boroughs of Hackney and Islington sought judicial review of the decision to close the accident and emergency unit at St Bartholomew's Hospital, which they claimed was “irrational and perverse.” Their QC, Lord Lester, had argued that the consultation process leading up to the closure decision was a sham and that Mrs Bottomley had …

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