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Accountable care organisations: campaigners lose first legal fight over NHS rollout

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 16 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2172

Opinion: Jeremy Hunt must consult properly on accountable care organisations

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A legal challenge to the proposed introduction of accountable care organisations (ACOs) in England has been defeated in the High Court.

Lawyers acting for 999 Call for the NHS, a grassroots campaign group, had argued that the NHS would be exceeding its legal powers by going ahead with its plans for ACOs.1 But, in the first of two separate legal challenges against the proposals,2 Mr Justice Kerr ruled at the High Court in Leeds that the contracting arrangements as proposed by NHS England were not unlawful.

The campaigners immediately said that they would appeal the …

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