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Judge dismisses union’s bid to challenge legality of health reforms

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5822
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The public service union Unison has lost its High Court battle to force England’s health secretary, Andrew Lansley, to consult patients, employees, and the wider public before going ahead with plans for a major reorganisation of the NHS.

The union argued at the High Court in London that the government was obliged to consult on the merits of the reforms themselves before reaching a “settled policy” and not just on their implementation. But Mr Justice Mitting ruled that there was no legal obligation on the government …

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