NHS accountable care organisations would be unlawful, campaigners tell High CourtBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1827 (Published 25 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1827
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
The NHS would be exceeding its legal powers by going ahead with its plans for accountable care organisations (ACOs), campaigners have told a High Court judge in the first of two legal challenges to the proposals.1
ACOs are intended to help deliver integrated care, where hospital and ambulance trusts, GPs, local authorities, social care providers, and health commissioning groups would work more closely together. But campaigners, who see them as vehicles for NHS privatisation and cuts to services, have applied for judicial review of the plans.