Lewisham Hospital High Court judicial reviews to end today
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 July 2013
Two High Court judicial reviews into the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital services is due to finish today (July 4).
The cases, which could have an impact on the break-up of South London Healthcare Trust, have been brought by Lewisham Council and campaign group Save Lewisham Hospital (SLH), who have described the two reviews as “separate but complimentary”.
Both challenges, which started on Tuesday (July 2), believe administrator Matthew Kershaw, brought in to oversee the break-up of financially-stricken SLHT, went outside his remit in including Lewisham Hospital in his recommendations.
Both the council and SLH think this means Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt should not have ratified Mr Kershaw’s suggestion of closing Lewisham’s A&E and maternity ward, even though Mr Hunt backtracked slightly when we made his final recommendations in January.
SLH also think the decision surrounding Lewisham fails the government’s four tests for local NHS reconfiguration.
If Lewisham is downgraded, although services would not change for two to three years, it would leave two blue light A&E’s covering four south-east London boroughs - Bexley, Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich.
Judge Justice Silber will not make a decision today but will make written recommendations in due course.
Keep an eye on the website for further updates during the day.