The fight continues - fundraiser at the Rivoli Ballroom
The Government confirmed on Wednesday that they will appeal the judgment in the High Court, handed down on 31 July 2013, that found that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, had acted unlawfully in deciding to substantially cut services and close departments at Lewisham Hospital.
On the last day it could lodge its appeal, the Government lodged a formal application to take July’s judgment by Mr Justice Silber to the Court of Appeal.
Mr Justice Silber’s judgment found that that the decision of the Secretary of State must be "quashed" as he had acted outside his powers as Secretary of State, and in breach of the National Health Service Act 2006, when he announced to Parliament that services at Lewisham Hospital would be downgraded and closed.
Rosa Curling from law firm Leigh Day, who represented the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign said: "We remain confident that the Court of Appeal will uphold Mr Justice Silber’s decision and we intend to request an urgent hearing so the ongoing uncertainty facing the Hospital can be brought to an end as a matter of priority."
Speaking on behalf of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, Tony O’Sullivan said: "We are disappointed by the Secretary of State’s decision to launch an appeal. However, we are confident that the strength of our case will be upheld at appeal. Our commitment to defend the excellent services provided by Lewisham Hospital is unwavering."
We at Millwall FC have been fully supportive of the Save Lewisham Hospital community campaign from the start and will remain wholeheartedly behind the campaign until its rightful conclusion.
There is a fund-raiser at the fantastic Rivoli Ballroom on Friday 27th September including live Bands, a DJ and some great raffle prizes including signed Jools Holland CDs and Eddie Izzard tour programme, autographed Millwall merchandise and much, much more.
Tickets cost £20, £15(concs) and are available to buy now here