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NHS England faces legal challenges over proposed changes to services

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 22 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k328
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

NHS England faces two High Court challenges to its proposed introduction of accountable care organisations (ACOs) in England, both arguing that the move is unlawful.

Both legal actions are being brought by campaign groups that say that the plans, which they fear could lead to rationing of resources and part privatisation of the NHS, have been launched without full public consultation.

A grassroots campaign, 999 Call for the NHS, has won permission to apply for a judicial review of the proposals, with a hearing set for 24 April. The case has been brought against NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The other group, JR4NHS, which includes the renowned cosmologist …

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