Unite: Lewisham plans were 'idiotic from the outset'

Trade union Unite described the Government as "NHS vandals" and today's ruling as "a victory for common sense and NHS campaigners up and down the country".

The decision to cut services at Lewisham Hospital was idiotic from the outset. But Jeremy Hunt chose his ideology over medical and community sense, which is why he has been slapped down by the court.

The judge exposed the Government as NHS vandals, with a Health Secretary prepared to flout its own rules to destroy a successful hospital.

– Steve Turner, executive director Unite

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Lewisham Hospital cuts quashed

The Health Secretary has had his decision to reduce services at a major hospital declared unlawful and quashed by the High Court. A judge ruled Jeremy Hunt acted outside his powers when he announced downgrade plans at Lewisham Hospital in London