NHS trust faces bill for compensation in home takeover

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 30 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:830
  1. legal correspondent, BMJ

    An NHS trust that plans to turn a house in a residential street into sheltered accommodation for five psychiatric patients could face a massive claim for compensation from neighbouring home owners after a High Court ruling last week. Mr Justice Chadwick refused six residents of Southwell Park Road in Camberley, Surrey, an injunction to stop Heathlands NHS Trust's sheltered housing scheme, but he ruled that they can seek compensation for any reduction in their homes' value when the patients move in.

    The judgment clarifies an obscure area of the law and …

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