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Date set for legal challenge over NHS 'accountable care' bid

15/01/2018

A date has been set for the first of two key legal challenges to government plans to enable US-style 'Accountable Care Organisations' to bid to run parts of the NHS.

Campaign group 999 Call for the NHS got the green light to forge ahead with a Judicial Review before Christmas.

They aim to mount a legal challenge to oppose moves to create a new contract that would pave the way for private companies to bid for entire NHS contracts in different parts of the country.

A date has been set for Judicial Review hearing at Leeds High Court on 24 April.

In a statement, the campaign group said: 'This Judicial Review may be one of few chances to save the NHS as the source of good quality comprehensive healthcare that puts the patient first. Of course, we cannot save the NHS with one Judicial Review. But it will gain us vital time. We have to win this.'

The group has been busy crowdfunding to support the legal challenge and still need to raise a further £12,000 for the legal challenge because the Judge has capped their costs at £25,000.

Meanwhile, a group of high profile healthcare academics and scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking, has reached its funding target for a law suit to force the Government to subject its plans to public consultation and full parliamentary scrutiny. Read more here.

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