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Introduction to CTO Recall: Part 2

In the second article in a two-part series, Clementine Robertshaw analyses some of the challenges that the recall process for community treatment orders can bring.

News headlines

Jun 28, 2018

NHS business support joint venture appoints 28 firms to £100m panel

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has appointed 28 law firms to a framework agreement that has previously been estimated to be worth £100m.
May 29, 2018

Campaign group in legal action over changes to local hospital services

Campaigners in the North East have applied for a judicial review of a decision by two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to approve the removal of certain services from a local hospital.
May 23, 2018

Government spent £200m+ on inquiries but their impact is unclear: watchdog

The government has spent more than £200m on completed inquiries since 2005, but without it being obvious what if any action has resulted from their findings.
Apr 24, 2018

NHS trust fined £300k over failure to control risk of legionnaires disease

A NHS trust has been fined £300,000 after failing to control the risk to patients from exposure to legionella bacteria in its water systems.
Apr 24, 2018

MPs urge Government and Ombudsman to improve handling of NHS complaints

MPs have urged the government to take action to improve the NHS complaints system, properly investigate cases of historic injustice and modernise the legislation for England's Ombudsmans' services.

Features and analysis

Accessibility of law in Wales

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A draft Bill published by the Welsh Government could make radical changes to the way that law is drafted in Wales, addressing concerns about the accessibility of the law in Wales, write Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy.

NHS trusts and health and safety fines

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A £2m fine against Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is the highest financial penalty imposed against a Trust for health and safety offences. Graeme Irvine considers the ruling.

Restraining publication of CQC reports

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Jonathan Auburn examines a care provider’s bid to obtain an injunction restraining publication of a Care Quality Commission report.

Learning from deaths

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Every NHS organisation should be collecting data about the number of deaths, conducting 'case record reviews' and getting ready to publish the results. Gemma Brannigan looks at the issues involved.

Older articles

Mar 21, 2018

Equalities watchdog threatens legal action against health bodies over discrimination

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued legal letters to 13 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) warning them they face action over breaches of discrimination legislation.
Mar 01, 2018

NHS reorganisations plans in Dorset faces legal challenge

A local patient is seeking judicial review of NHS reorganisation plans in Dorset.
Feb 28, 2018

Judge agrees costs capping in action over NHS accountable care organisations

Campaigners including scientist Professor Stephen Hawking have secured a costs order for their judicial review of the government’s planned creation of accountable care organisations (ACO) in the NHS.
Feb 23, 2018

More public bodies to be under duty to make referrals to housing authorities

Prisons, probation services, Jobcentres and NHS Trusts will be among the organisations that for the first time have a duty to refer persons at risk of becoming homeless to a housing authority, the Government has said.
Feb 21, 2018

High Court quashes decision by health body to end £600k funding for respite centre

A High Court judge has quashed a decision by the Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) to remove £600,000 in funding for a respite services for children with complex needs, over a failure to consult with Hertfordshire County…
Feb 02, 2018

Restraining publication of CQC reports

Jonathan Auburn examines a care provider’s bid to obtain an injunction restraining publication of a Care Quality Commission report.
Feb 01, 2018

Green light given to judicial review of accountable care organisations in NHS

Campaigners including scientist Professor Stephen Hawking have won permission from the High Court to challenge the government’s planned creation of accountable care organisations (ACO) in the NHS.
Jan 16, 2018

NHS business support provider to procure £100m legal services panel

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) is to procure a new legal services framework worth up to £100m over the length of the contract.
Dec 29, 2017

Councils lose High Court challenge over hospital services downgrade

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge led by Cherwell District over plans to downgrade services at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital amid claims of a flawed consultation process.
Dec 14, 2017

Law Commission to consider reforms to administrative review procedures

The Law Commission is to consider whether reforms are needed to procedures for administrative reviews, where public bodies look again at a decision when someone complains that they have been treated unfairly by a decision.
Nov 22, 2017

Budget 2017: key policy decisions

Local Government Lawyer sets out a number of the key policy decisions contained in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2017 Budget.
Nov 22, 2017

Budget 2017: reaction from the sector

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered the 2017 Budget today. So how has the sector reacted? Local Government Lawyer reports.
Nov 07, 2017

Campaigners raise £26k to bring legal challenge over new, non-NHS bodies

Campaign group JR4NHS has raised £26,000 for a judicial review challenge intended to stop Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England “from introducing new commercial, non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public…
Sep 28, 2017

Learning from deaths

Every NHS organisation should be collecting data about the number of deaths, conducting 'case record reviews' and getting ready to publish the results. Gemma Brannigan looks at the issues involved.
Sep 22, 2017

NHS mergers and competition issues

For the first time, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it has approved an NHS merger after having only carried out an initial phase 1 examination and not a more in-depth analysis. Melanie Pears and Tim Care report.
Sep 19, 2017

NHS trust pleads guilty after HSE prosecution over death of 18 year old

A NHS Foundation Trust has pleaded guilty to a health and safety offence following the death of an 18 year old at a learning disability inpatient unit four years ago.
Aug 30, 2017

Emphasis on processes rather than outcomes undermining disabled rights: report

Actions by local authorities and the NHS have aggravated the negative affects on disabled people of government policies, a coalition of deaf and disabled people’s organisations has said.
Aug 24, 2017

Hill Dickinson moves into Leeds market with healthcare partner hire

Law firm Hill Dickinson is to open an office in Leeds with the hire of corporate health partner Rob McGough from Capsticks.
Aug 21, 2017

Welsh NHS complaints up; local authority complaints down - Ombudsman

There has been an 8% increase in complaints about Welsh NHS bodies, the annual report of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has revealed.
Aug 07, 2017

Ombudsman slams health board for three-year delay in response to complaint

The Public Services Ombudsman has told a health board in Wales to provide a complainant with the expert clinical and legal advice to which he was entitled, after it took more than three years to provide a final response to the original complaint.

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