Window for Jeremy Hunt to appeal Lewisham Hospital decision about to close
PUBLISHED: 16:38 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:38 21 August 2013
Today marks the final day for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to appeal against the High Court ruling which will prevent the downgrading of services at Lewisham Hospital.
Nothing concrete has been announced by the Department of Health and the official deadline is August 21.
Mr Hunt announced Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity wards would be downgraded in plans to dismantle the financially-stricken South London Healthcare Trust - comprised of Queen Mary’s in Sidcup, the Princess Royal in Bromley and Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich.
A three-day High Court case was heard from July 2 to July 4 and Mr Justice Silber announced he would overturn the original decision on July 31.
An online petition has been urging Mr Hunt not to appeal has been signed by more than 16,000 people but Lewisham councillors and Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners face an anxious wait as the deadline ticks nearer.