Health secretary Jeremy Hunt was accused of ‘a flagrant waste of taxpayers’ money’, following the Court of Appeal ruling that he did not have the power to implement cuts at Lewisham hospital in south-east London.
Unite, the country’s largest union in the country with 100,000 members in the health service, called on Hunt not to repeat this ‘legal fiasco’ at other hospitals in England.
Unite national officer for health Barrie Brown said: “For a government that is cutting services for the most vulnerable in society, Jeremy Hunt’s obsession with pursuing this case to the Court of Appeal, after he had lost in the High Court, is a flagrant waste of taxpayers’ money.
“He refused to accept the High Court ruling this summer that he was acting outside his powers when he decided the emergency and maternity units should be cut back. Then, the judge ruled that local people would have to travel a long way to gain access to vital services.
“He needs to give a public assurance that he won’t be repeating this ideologically driven fiasco at other hospitals in England. He should be putting patient care before Tory dogma.
“Unite would like to congratulate the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign and the local community who have campaigned so vigorously to expose the poverty of Hunt’s policies.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.