Court rules that care cannot be withdrawn due to cash cuts

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:9
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. BMJ

    Local authorities in England and Wales have been plunged into uncertainty by an Appeal Court decision last week that councils cannot withdraw community care services from elderly and disabled people because of cash shortages. The landmark ruling by a two to one majority overturns a High Court decision that it would be “impractical and unrealistic” to stop councils making cuts if their budgets were reduced.

    Gloucestershire County Council is appealing to the House of Lords over the decision. Unless reversed, the ruling …

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