There were cheers all round as the health secretary’s proposed changes to accident and emergency and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital were declared illegal in the High Court.
The judge ruled that Jeremy Hunt had acted outside of his powers when making the decision to reduce provision as part of the reorganisation of the neighbouring South London Healthcare Trust. There’s more information about the plans, and today’s events, on Lewisham.gov.uk.
Orpington Labour members have taken active part in the campaign to save services, as part of a coalition of local Labour parties, community groups, residents and medical professionals.
The Labour mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, said:
Justice has been delivered. I am delighted for the thousands of people in Lewisham who fought so hard to have their voices heard and applaud all those who dared to hope and believe that together we could make a difference. This is a real victory for Lewisham residents, for Londoners and everyone who remains committed to our National Health Service.