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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 March 2018
Hands Off HRI campaign granted judicial review into hospital closure
Huddersfield HRI campaign at a Barnsley NHS protest 28 October 2017, photo Huddersfield Socialist Party, photo Huddersfield Socialist Party (Click to enlarge)
Hands Off HRI campaign
Hands Off HRI made legal history at Leeds Crown Court on 15 March. Judge Mark Gosnall agreed there were important matters of law which must be tested in a full judicial review. We expect the hearing to take place in June.
The hospital trust has so far considered itself to be beyond reproach but they will now have to account for their proposals in court.
This is a huge blow to the trust and a massive victory for the people of Huddersfield who have stood shoulder to shoulder with this campaign. It has taken two years of hard work and perseverance to pull this off but we have been rewarded.
The judge has approved the referral to the high court on the following grounds:
- A serious matter of public law needs to be tested
- Consideration of the consultation exercise
- Examination of alternative community care provision
- Potential breach of equality law
- Lack of travel and transport provision
Our campaign group will now be shifting up a gear to ensure all possible approaches are explored to win this legal case. Of course we still await the outcome of the independent reconfiguration panel which is now with the secretary of state but undoubtedly this legal case will focus his mind!
This challenge has local and national consequences. It is the first serious legal challenge of its kind. If we win, it doesn't just help our hospital, it will give encouragement to all campaign groups fighting for their own services. However we will need ongoing public support.
We estimate we need to raise another £10,000 to bring our legal case and that is where you come in. All supporters can help us in our next phase of fund raising. We have now proved this is not a done deal and that people power can work. Organise your own fundraiser or just donate to our legal fund. This is a fight for Huddersfield and the wider NHS and we can win. Let's do this together.
- You can donate directly by bank transfer to the Hands Off HRI account: sort code 20-43-04, account number 93119130
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In The Socialist 21 March 2018:
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