Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Court over Lewisham Hospital
Waking up this morning to the usual routine of finding out late about events that happened in the previous day since I no longer take public transport I often miss out on important stories. But I felt that this story was worth a mention in my blog and hopefully will be used as a first step in relaunching my blogging.
I can not recall of any times when I have reported that a serving secretary of state has found himself in the High Court over a decision he has made in his position of authority.
The case in question was brought to the courts in order to protect the Lewisham hospital from being downgraded which would have left the hospital with reduction or closure of certain departments. A campaign was started in order to raise awareness of this and ultimately, enabled the court case to be brought to the High Court.
The case involving the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and Lewisham Council vs Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt and TSA Matthew Kershaw lasted for three days. It was consequently ruled that the Secretary of State did not have the backing of GP commissioners and had therefore overstepped his authority.
It is a good thing to remember that whilst they might be in a position of power in their roles in parliament, MPs are still accountable to the laws and rules and regulations and ultimately to the people. With luck this might prompt a more ethical operation from government.