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Public service union mounts legal challenge to government’s health white paper

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4716 (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4716
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    Unison, the UK’s largest public service union, is seeking a judicial review of the coalition government’s proposed healthcare reforms, on the grounds that the health secretary has failed to consult the public on the plans.

    The move coincides with the launch of a national online petition by independent pressure group, the NHS Support Federation. The federation believes that the government’s proposals will result in the break-up of the NHS. It signals the start of a concerted union campaign to try to derail the plans.

    Unison, which has 1.3 million members, contends that NHS chief executive David Nicholson’s instruction to all NHS chiefs to start implementing “immediately” the proposals outlined in the white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS …

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