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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

GMB Hail High Court Ruling Overturns Health Secretary's Downgrade Of Lewisham Hospital

Today’s decision is one that will save lives and GMB calls on the Secretary of State to recognise his mistakes and to work with GMB and the local community to protect the NHS service moving forward says GMB.

GMB, the union for health workers, welcomed today’s decision by the High Court to overturn the Secretary of State’s decision to downgrade Lewisham Hospital.

The ruling found that Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, had breached provisions of the National Health Services Act 2006 when he made the decision to reduce services within the establishment.

The downgrade would have seen Lewisham losing both its maternity and accident & emergency (A&E) departments as well as seeing other hospital services being reduced. GMB has actively supported the ‘Save Lewisham Campaign’ since the beginning.

Andy Prendergast, Senior Organiser for public services, “Today is a great day for democracy. The government was elected on a pledge to protect the NHS, and yet since taking power we’ve seen it try to force through changes that would leave the people of South East London with a second rate service.

Today’s decision is one that will save lives and GMB calls on the Secretary of State to recognise his mistakes and to work with GMB and the local community to protect the NHS service moving forward.

GMB would like to congratulate and acknowledge the amazing campaign run by the local residents and wish to pass on our thanks for their tireless efforts to defend this essential institution.”

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Contact: Andy Prendergast, GMB Senior Organiser on 07984492726 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.

 

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