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NHS England to appeal against ruling that it can fund PrEP to prevent HIV

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 02 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4276
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

NHS England has said that it will appeal against the High Court ruling that it had responsibility for commissioning pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for preventing HIV.

The ruling effectively overturns the position that NHS England took in March,1 and reiterated in May after taking legal advice,2 that it was down to local councils to commission preventative services, including PrEP. The ruling has been welcomed by charities and local government.

The National AIDS Trust (NAT), which challenged NHS England’s stance in court, said that it was delighted by the judgment but disappointed that NHS England was appealing the decision. Deborah Gold, chief executive of the trust, said of the judgment, “This is fantastic news. It is vindication for the many people who were let down when NHS England absolved itself of responsibility for PrEP. The …

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