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NHS Gloucestershire keeps £80m community services in public hands

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7056 (Published 19 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7056
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Community health services in Gloucestershire are to stay in the NHS after legal action by a patient to stop outsourcing to a community interest company, in the first decision of its kind.

Michael Lloyd, a retired railwayman living in a care home, argued in the high court that it would be unlawful to hand over the services to the company, which NHS Gloucestershire had created for the purpose, without opening up the contract to competition—although this would not be necessary if services were kept within the NHS.

The legal action ended in an out of court settlement last February, …

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