Lewisham Hospital appeal

The Government is to appeal against a High Court ruling over a decision to cut services at Lewisham Hospital.

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Lewisham hospital High Court bid

A government challenge to overturn a High Court ban on planned cuts at Lewisham Hospital is to be heard today.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt suffered an embarrassing defeat when changes to emergency and maternity services were declared "unlawful" in July.

Lewisham Hospital was saved from cuts in July Credit: Reuters

The government lost the case because the cuts were judged to be in breach of the National Health Services Act 2006.

The Health Secretary was attempting to deal with problems created by the financial collapse of neighbouring South London Healthcare NHS Trust, which went into administration after it started losing more than £1 million a week.

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Judges to hear hospital cuts appeal

The Government is to appeal tomorrow against a High Court ruling over a decision to cut services at a hospital.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt suffered defeat when a High Court judge declared "unlawful" his move to downgrade A&E and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital in south-east London.

The judge ruled that Mr Hunt lacked power after being told the changes would mean local people having "to travel a long, long way further to get access to vital services".

The Government is now asking the Court of Appeal to rule Mr Justice Silber went wrong in law.

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