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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.

News headlines

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.

Features and analysis

NHS mergers and competition issues

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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.

The role of the Care Quality Commission

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LexisNexis Local Government, in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane, sets out the role, powers and functions of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The gap in the law in England and Wales

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Huw Williams examines the increasing divergence between the law in England and Wales and considers what this means for local authorities.

Public complaints—introducing the draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill

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In this interview with LexisPSL Public Law, Ros Foster, partner, and Patrick O’Connell, solicitor, at Browne Jacobson, outline the draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill recently laid in Parliament, which aims to introduce a Public Service Ombudsman (PSO) with improved access, structure and powers.

Older articles

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.
Jul 07, 2017

Watchdog concern over “inherently complex” structures of combined authorities

The introduction of combined authorities has meant that inherently complex structures have been added to England’s already complicated local government arrangements, the National Audit Office has said.
Jun 09, 2017

The role of the Care Quality Commission

LexisNexis Local Government, in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane, sets out the role, powers and functions of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
May 30, 2017

NHS Resolution names 13 law firms to £523m legal services panel

NHS Resolution has appointed 13 law firms to a panel for the provision of health-related legal services worth an estimated £523m over four years.
May 26, 2017

The gap in the law in England and Wales

Huw Williams examines the increasing divergence between the law in England and Wales and considers what this means for local authorities.
May 04, 2017

NHS Shared Business Services set to procure £20m legal services panel

NHS Shared Business Services has revealed its intention to procure a legal services framework agreement worth an estimated £20m.
Apr 10, 2017

NHS procurement body chooses 12 law firms for £50m legal services panel

The North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) has appointed 12 law firms to a £50m legal services framework for NHS organisations.
Mar 31, 2017

Local authorities launch legal action over plans to downgrade hospital

A group of local authorities have launched a judicial review challenge over what they described as a “confusing and flawed” consultation process on plans to downgrade services at a local hospital.
Mar 29, 2017

Ombudsman calls on Welsh public bodies to tackle ‘fear and blame culture’

A “fear and blame” culture within Welsh public sector bodies must be tackled if lessons are to be learnt from complaints, the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has said.
Feb 17, 2017

A repeat of Mid Staffs errors is "inevitable", warns Sir Robert Francis QC

The QC who carried out a review of failures at the Mid Staffs Hospital five years ago says that a similar collapse is ‘inevitable’ under current circumstances where some health trusts are accepting impossible performance targets.
Feb 02, 2017

Public complaints—introducing the draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill

In this interview with LexisPSL Public Law, Ros Foster, partner, and Patrick O’Connell, solicitor, at Browne Jacobson, outline the draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill recently laid in Parliament, which aims to introduce a Public Service Ombudsman…
Jan 19, 2017

Patients Association hits out at performance of ombudsman

The Patients Association has attacked the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) in a report that claimed a significant volume of complainants received a poor service.
Dec 14, 2016

Ombudsman issues guidance for combined authorities as pace of devolution grows

The Local Government Ombudsman has issued new guidance for combined authorities on complaints handling, as devolution gathers pace.
Dec 13, 2016

Procurement body to set up £50m legal services panel for use by NHS trusts

The North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) is to set up a £50m legal services framework for NHS organisations.
Dec 05, 2016

Draft legislation published for creation of Public Service Ombudsman

The Cabinet Office has published draft legislation for the introduction of a new Public Service Ombudsman.
Nov 23, 2016

Council threatens legal action over Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has threatened legal action over proposals contained in the North West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
Nov 07, 2016

Royal College of Midwives calls off threatened legal action against NHS trust

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has withdrawn its threat of legal action against a NHS trust that revealed details of a compromise agreement reached with a midwife to sever her employment.
Oct 27, 2016

MPs tell Cabinet Office to ensure proper oversight of arm's length bodies

The Cabinet Office should press other Whitehall departments to improve the way they work with arm's-length bodies, the Public Accounts Committee has said.

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