Success! Lewisham Hospital fight won by Council

The Council’s legal challenge to save Lewisham Hospital was successful. A high court judge ruled that Jeremy Hunt and the TSA did not have the legal power to take the decision to downgrade the hospital’s A&E and Maternity Units.

Steve Lewisham Hospital Victory - July 2013

The decision vindicates the arguments the Council, local people and the Campaign have made ever since the TSA process began. Thank you for supporting the fight to save the hospital over the past year. Without your efforts this would not have been possible.

Lewisham Hospital is well-managed, highly-respected and financially solvent. The Special Administrator should never have been allowed to make recommendations outside his remit, the Secretary of State should never have adopted his recommendations and this case should never have come to the High Court.

But despite our success the fight will have to go on. The Government will appeal this decision and we will contest it strongly.

Lewisham Hospital remains open. The A&E is fully functional and the maternity unit continues to do an excellent job. I will be working with the Hospital and the CCG to give all the support we can over the next few months and ensure that the high quality of care currently delivered is maintained.

Thank you once again for all your support.

New Cross Fire Station saved, but Downham still to close

Thank you to those who supported our campaign to prevent the closure of New Cross and Downham Fire Stations.

I’m extremely disappointed that the Fire Commissioner did not listen to our arguments and is pressing ahead with the closure of Downham Station, but pleased that he listened to us about the need to save the New Cross Station.

Lewisham Labour campaigned strongly against the proposals locally and the council made it’s opposition to the proposals clear in our response to the initial consultation. The reasons for opposing the closure of Downham Fire Station set out in the response remain.

My Labour colleagues at the GLA and LFEPA have committed to continue fighting for all the Fire Stations to remain open across London. I hope they are successful and we will offer our support to them in anyway we can.