Taxpayers face a near£100k bill for Jeremy Hunt's appeal against a court ruling that he acted unlawfully in ordering hospital service cuts
The Government was accused of "breaking up" the NHS after announcing a downgrading of Lewisham A&E and maternity services
An A&E department and maternity services at a major hospital will be downgraded, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs.
A decision is expected today in a judicial review of the government decision to close some services at Lewisham Hospital.
Under the plan the A&E, acute admissions, intensive care, children's and maternity units are all threatened with closure.
Lawyers for the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, argued that the decision by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to cut some of the hospital's services was unlawful and had asked the Courts to quash it and ask the Health Secretary to reconsider.
The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign was formed in 2012, after the South London Healthcare trust special administrator proposed, as part of the cost saving measures put forward for the neighbouring trust, South London Healthcare NHS Trust, that services at Lewisham Hospital should be reduced.
The last time Boris Johnson came face-to-face with campaigners angered by the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital, they booed and heckled him. Undeterred, he had another meeting with them today. Nina spoke to our Political Correspondent Simon Harris about how it went.
The MP for Lewisham Deptford Dame Joan Ruddock asked David Cameron about the changes to Lewisham Hospital at Prime Minister's Questions.
Lewisham police are appealing to trace a missing man who walked out of Lewisham hospital yesterday.
Jermaine Brissett was being treated at the hospital when he walked out at approximately 1630hrs on Saturday 16 March.
He is black, 6ft tall and of slender build with a goatee beard. He was last seen wearing black trousers, a black leather jacket with a grey hoodie.
He was being treated for mental health issues and the public are asked not to approach him but instead call the CID at Lewisham on 07788916864.
Tonight's #PQT was a political car crash for Boris. He misjudged from start to finish. Lewisham people want to keep i999 & NHS services
Boris Johnson had an uncomfortable night at People's Question Time in Catford. The Mayor faced angry campaigners opposed to cuts at Lewisham Hospital.
Boris Johnson is facing a hostile audience at People's Question Time in Catford. He's agreed to answer a series of questions on the proposed closure of Lewisham Hospital's A&E department.
An unprecedented coalition of London residents, medical staff, trade unions and health campaigners has come together to raise the alarm regarding what they say is the biggest threat to A & Es,maternity units and in-hospital care for a generation.
ConcernedLondoners have lobbied MPs to highlight threats to the NHS in London which willinclude protests, pickets, rallies, demonstrations, candle lit vigils andmusical events.
Campaigners claim these threats include the closure of Lewisham Hospital's new A&E and maternity units, paediatric services and ICU announced last week by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt.
They say the closest A&E at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich has lesser facilities,is financially unstable and is a two hour bus ride away for many residents.
It comes as Lewisham council threatened Mr Hunt with legal action and has also setup a Legal Challenge Fund to allow people in the community to contribute to the action.
SeveralPrimary Care Trusts are due to make their final recommendations throughoutFebruary after which their reports will go to Jeremy Hunt for a final decision.
What impact are the changes to Lewisham Hospital going to have on patients who use it for emergency care?
Other hospitals in the area will have to pick up the burden, but that is proving unpopular.
Ria Chatterjee reports.
A downgraded Accident and Emergency Department - but the end of the maternity unit.
After months of waiting, the people of South East London heard today whether they had won their very public battle to keep Lewisham Hospital just as it is.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt decided that A and E should stay - but be smaller.
The maternity unit has been axed.
Our reporter Paul Brand has spent the day with protesters.