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Disabled people take care issues to court

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 17 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1555

Six disabled people in Britain last week launched a test case in the High Court over the right to community care services, which could have important implications for local authorities nationwide. Five pensioners are challenging decisions by Gloucestershire County Council last year to reduce or cut home help and respite care services because of lack of money. In a second case heard at the same time, Daniel McMillan, aged 53, who has osteoporosis and Parkinson's disease, complained that services provided by Islington council had been regularly interrupted because of shortages of staff.

Richard Gordon QC, counsel for the six, told Lord …

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