Department of Health tells Lewisham Hospital trust to 'move on' after legal victory

Lewisham Hospital staff, patients and campaigners celebrating Court of Appeal victory

Lewisham Hospital staff, patients and campaigners celebrating Court of Appeal victory

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THE Department of Health says it is time for Lewisham Hospital’s trust to “move on” after it won a landmark legal victory against the Health Secretary.

Three Court of Appeal judges upheld a High Court judgement that Jeremy Hunt did not have powers to downgrade A&E and maternity services at Lewisham, following a joint legal challenge from Lewisham Council and Save Lewisham Hospital campaign.

The Department of Health’s (DH) comment came after News Shopper contacted it for an apology to Lewisham and to see what it planned for the future of the hospital, which is run by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

A DH spokeswoman said: "This was the first time the NHS failure regime had been used and it was important for the law to be fully tested. “The court’s decision is very disappointing, but we will consider the judgement very carefully.

“The priority now is to end the uncertainty for patients in south London.

“It’s time for the Trust to move on and work with its commissioners and the community to develop a local solution that delivers a clinically and financially sustainable future.”

To find out about Save Lewisham Hospital's continuing campaign visit savelewishamhospital.com

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10:07am Thu 7 Nov 13

the bible scoffer says...

...yeah - just 'move on' ...charming!! ...our u.k. population is due to rise ten million in twenty-five years according to the daily mail today - and we'll need a blooming lot more accident and emergency departments 'hunty' ...not less!! ...get building more hospitals for the population explosion!! you wanted - mass uncontrolled immigration - you got it!! ...is it any wonder the electorate do not trust, or believe the politicians of the old gang of three - spouting their lies, and threats ? ...they are even charging us for their fuel now!! jeeze - these people are only in politics - to make cash!!
...yeah - just 'move on' ...charming!! ...our u.k. population is due to rise ten million in twenty-five years according to the daily mail today - and we'll need a blooming lot more accident and emergency departments 'hunty' ...not less!! ...get building more hospitals for the population explosion!! you wanted - mass uncontrolled immigration - you got it!! ...is it any wonder the electorate do not trust, or believe the politicians of the old gang of three - spouting their lies, and threats ? ...they are even charging us for their fuel now!! jeeze - these people are only in politics - to make cash!! the bible scoffer
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10:26am Fri 8 Nov 13

Gold and Silver says...

the bible scoffer wrote:
...yeah - just 'move on' ...charming!! ...our u.k. population is due to rise ten million in twenty-five years according to the daily mail today - and we'll need a blooming lot more accident and emergency departments 'hunty' ...not less!! ...get building more hospitals for the population explosion!! you wanted - mass uncontrolled immigration - you got it!! ...is it any wonder the electorate do not trust, or believe the politicians of the old gang of three - spouting their lies, and threats ? ...they are even charging us for their fuel now!! jeeze - these people are only in politics - to make cash!!
Is that Hunt the gay one who speaks through his nose hun ?
[quote][p][bold]the bible scoffer[/bold] wrote: ...yeah - just 'move on' ...charming!! ...our u.k. population is due to rise ten million in twenty-five years according to the daily mail today - and we'll need a blooming lot more accident and emergency departments 'hunty' ...not less!! ...get building more hospitals for the population explosion!! you wanted - mass uncontrolled immigration - you got it!! ...is it any wonder the electorate do not trust, or believe the politicians of the old gang of three - spouting their lies, and threats ? ...they are even charging us for their fuel now!! jeeze - these people are only in politics - to make cash!![/p][/quote]Is that Hunt the gay one who speaks through his nose hun ? Gold and Silver
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