Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock has reacted to the announcement of the Secretary of State on Lewisham Hospital and the South London Healthcare Trust.
"The Secretary of State is riding roughshod over the people of Lewisham," Sir Steve said.
"These plans have been roundly rejected by local people, by the staff who work in the hospital and by local GPs. The Secretary of State has pressed ahead regardless by downgrading maternity services and emergency services at Lewisham Hospital. But let me be clear, this is not the end of the matter.
"I do not believe that the TSA had the statutory power to make recommendations about Lewisham Hospital and the Secretary of State therefore has no power to implement them.
"I will be talking to our lawyers and we will also of course need to talk to our colleagues at Lewisham Hospital in order to fully understand the implications of Mr Hunt's statement."