Millwall FC were delighted to hear of today's High Court ruling that found the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, had acted outside his powers and therefore unlawfully, in deciding to substantially cut services and close departments at Lewisham Hospital.
In today’s judgment Mr Justice Silber said 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.
Millwall have been key supporters of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign throughout, who they have regularly manned a stall in the car park on matchdays to raise funds and awareness of this community-lead group. Lions players wore T-Shirts at Wembley Stadium prior to the FA Cup Semi-Final as another show of support, just as they had in previous Cup matches during the 2012/13 season.
Lions fans have played a huge part too, helping raise significant funds to enable the Judicial Review to go ahead, in a pound for pound pledge that was matched by the Club to the tune of £10,000.
Dr Louise Irvine, local GP and Chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, said that she had been overwhelmed by the support:
“This is an incredible day. We are delighted for every single person who has supported the campaign and those who will now continue to benefit from this extraordinary hospital."
At 5pm today there will be a victory celebration outside Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LH so come on down and join the party!
on the Save Lewisham Hospital website.here
A full press release can be found