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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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