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Commissioners in Bristol face legal challenge for failing to involve patients

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 07 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3110
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

A clinical commissioning group (CCG) in southwest England is the first in the country to face a legal challenge for failing to consult patients and the public about proposed changes to the services for which it is responsible.

Protect Our NHS, a web based group that monitors changes to health services in Bristol, north Somerset, and south Gloucestershire, has applied for a judicial review into how Bristol CCG is operating.

It says that the CCG’s procurement policy is illegal because it does not state that patients will be consulted at all stages of the decision making process to purchase new services. It is a legal requirement to consult the public about planned changes to services under the 2012 Health and Social Care …

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