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NHS England must involve patients in commissioning decisions, judge says

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 26 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7241
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

NHS England is acting unlawfully in failing to set up arrangements for patients to be involved in primary care commissioning decisions, a High Court judge has declared. The declaration by Mr Justice Popplewell followed the admission by NHS England that it was “not yet in compliance” with the duty created by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.

The 2012 act added a new section 13Q to the NHS Act 2006, putting NHS England under a duty to make arrangements for the involvement of patients in primary …

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