Department of Health appeals Lewisham Hospital decision

The fight to save Lewisham Hospital is not over yet, after the Department of Health lodged an eleventh hour appeal over last month’s court ruling.

Following a legal challenge by campaigners and Lewisham Hospital, a High Court decision quashed Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to downgrade Lewisham’s A&E and maternity services.

But the department has now appealed that decision – on the final day they could do so before the appeal deadline expired.

The move will enrage but, perhaps, not surprise campaigners who had urged Mr Hunt not to throw further taxpayer’s money at the case.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health confirmed the appeal was filed today but said she could not go into any further details.



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