Victory for Lewisham Hospital campaigners

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today welcomed the High Court decision that Jeremy Hunt acted unlawfully in deciding that casualty and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital should be downgraded.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today’s decision is a victory for all the local people who turned out time and time again to protect services at Lewisham Hospital.

“The High Court rightly ruled that the health secretary acted unlawfully in riding roughshod over the wishes of the community and that is a lesson that the government ignores at its peril.
“This decision will give heart to health campaigners across the country, where other hospitals may be threatened by government plans to close or downgrade much-valued health services.”