Government response

Jeremy Hunt reaction to Lewisham A&E appeal

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The Court of Appeal ruled today that DH did not have the power to implement cuts at Lewisham Hospital in south east London.

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

I completely understand why the residents of Lewisham did not want any change in their A & E services, but my job as Health Secretary is to protect patients across South London - and doctors said these proposals would save lives. We are now looking at the law to make sure that at a time of great challenge the NHS is able to change and innovate when local doctors believe it is in the interests of patients.

Published 29 October 2013