Lewisham High Court decision due today
PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 31 July 2013
The High Court battle into the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital's A&E and maternity service will come to a head today.
Judge Justice Silber is due to make his decision into the two legal battles brought by campaign group Save Lewisham Hospital and Lewisham Council at 11.30am.
The decision could have knock on effects for people in Bexley and Bromley. South London Healthcare Trust, comprised of Queen Mary’s in Sidcup, the Princess Royal in Bromley and Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, is due to dissolve on October 1 but plans have been on hold while the judicial reviews go through the court.
If the downgrading is approved and an potential appeals fail, four south-east London boroughs in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham will be left with just two blue light A&E’s for a population of more than one million people.
There will be a rally outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London at 11.30am and another one will be held outside the hospital from 5pm.
A three-day hearing at the start of July heard lawyers arguing about the legality of including Lewisham Hospital in the plans to dissolve South London Healthcare Trust, which has been riddled with financial problems since its formation in 2009.