Pensioners win test case over care cuts

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1623

Five disabled pensioners who brought a test case in the High Court over cuts in their community care services have won a ruling that Gloucestershire County Council had acted unlawfully in cutting their help without reassessing their needs (BMJ, 17 June, p 1555).

But the Public Law Project, which backed their case, called it a “limited victory” because the judges ruled that resources can be taken into account when need for services is assessed.

The ruling will force Gloucestershire to reassess, at an estimated cost of pounds sterling40 a head, the needs of 1500 people who have had services withdrawn. But after doing the reassessments the …

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