Late amendment to Care Bill “moves the goalposts” in fight over Lewisham Hospital, lawyer says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6324
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A last minute government amendment to the Care Bill will give trust special administrators who take over failing NHS trusts in England the power to recommend cuts and changes in services at neighbouring trusts and the health secretary the power to act on them.

The move came after a defeat in July for Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary for England, in a High Court case about Lewisham Hospital in southeast London.1

The amendment came just days before Hunt’s appeal against the judgment was due to go …

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