CAMPAIGNERS who launched judicial reviews into the stripping of services at Stafford Hospital have been dealt a double blow – but they have vowed to fight on.
Kate Godfrey, Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for Stafford, told the Newsletter that her application for a judicial review into the dissolution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust had been turned down this afternoon, just two days after a second application made by a member of the public was rejected.
But Ms Godfrey said both parties planned to appeal against the decisions, and that the appeal process would give campaigners the opportunity to state their case in front of a judge, rather than in paper.
Her application was rejected because it was similar to the other request, she said, which had been turned down “on grounds that are dodgy”.
“I am gutted to be honest”, she said. “It was on the grounds that it wouldn’t make any difference if the hospital were in such a condition where it could become even more vulnerable.
“We are appealing. In some way it is good because we get to go to court and talk to the judge. At this point it has just been papers. Now we get to go in with people from the community and reply to the judge’s questions.
“Because there has never been a case like this before there is no judge with any experience of this. It will be trying the case first time round and I think that is where we are going to shine.
“This is the first time people from a county town will have to go to court to fight for their right for the same NHS treatment as everyone else.”