Two judicial reviews to block the dissolution and downgrade of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust have been rejected by the High Court.
Both applications were rejected by Mr Justice Hickinbottom. They were made separately by a member of the Support Stafford Hospital campaign group and Stafford’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Labour, Kate Godfrey. Costs were awarded against them. The decision clears the way for the reorganisation of acute services at the troubled hospital trust.
It is understood the applications had aimed to challenge the consultation around the plans, the powers of the health secretary and decisions made about specific service changes.
Ms Godfrey told HSJ she was considering an appeal because she believed the High Court had made errors in its decision and confused the two applications. She claimed she faces £3,000 costs as a result of the decision.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the reason for decisions at the early stages of a case were not made public. He said: “There are two linked cases. In both the claimants seek permission to challenge the decision of the Secretary of State for Health to endorse the recommendations of the special administrators to dissolve Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and to downgrade service plans at Stafford hospital, particularly in relation to maternity and paediatric care.
“Permission for judicial review was refused on the papers in both claims by Mr Justice Hickinbottom on 17 July. The Judge has given the claimants until 25 July to request reconsideration of the permission decision at a hearing. Neither has yet signified an intention to seek reconsideration.”
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