A High Court judge has thrown out Ealing Council's bid to challenge controversial plans to close a hospital's A&E department.
Ealing Council wanted the review on the grounds that proposals for ending emergency services at Ealing Hospital during a reorganisation of health care services were legally flawed. A judge ruled all grounds of challenge were "unarguable".
A spokeswoman for Shaping a Healthier Future,the programme set up to review healthcare in north-west London, said: "Itis a great shame that the politicians in this north-west London borough aretaking local doctors and other highly committed NHS professionals to court.
"This is a direct legal challenge to the many doctors, nurses and other committed NHS professionals who want to improve healthcare for their patients across north-west London, and it will create a significant distraction from their day jobs.
"The court case will now mean a huge amount of extra work and resources at a time when there should be a major focus on what the NHS is actually there to do - namely, care for patients and improve local services."
Ealing Council is to launch legal proceedings against the NHS after it was decided four A&E departments in London should be downgraded. Ealing Council has said the plans to restructure services are "not in the best interests of local people".