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The power to commission PrEP

A Court of Appeal ruling that NHS England had power to commission the anti-retroviral drug PrEP will be welcomed by councils. Monica Blades-Chase explains the judgment.

News headlines

Nov 27, 2017

Minister orders review into harassment and intimidation near abortion clinics

The Home Secretary has ordered an in-depth assessment of protests outside abortion clinics following concerns about the tactics of some protesters.
Nov 15, 2017

Minimum alcohol pricing legislation in Scotland is lawful, Supreme Court rules

Legislation in Scotland for the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing does not breach EU law and is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Oct 24, 2017

Welsh Government unveils Bill for minimum alcohol pricing

A Bill that would see local authorities enforce a minimum price for alcohol sales in Wales has been introduced by the Welsh Government.
Sep 07, 2017

Campaigners threaten judicial review over proposed hospital closure

Campaigners against the closure of a Huddersfield hospital have said they will take the local NHS trust to judicial review.
Sep 06, 2017

Court grants permission for judicial review of hospital services downgrade

Campaigners backed by four councils have won the first round of their legal action over a claim that a consultation over changes at Horton General Hospital was flawed.

Features and analysis

Creating a sustainable healthcare system

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In the pursuit of a sustainable healthcare system local government must not be left behind, write Michael Boyd and Judith Barnes.

The Care Act 2014 - six months on

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Has the Care Act 2014 been successful since it came into force? Carolyn Hunnisett talks to LexisNexis about the positives and the negatives of a landmark piece of legislation.

Local authorities and health services

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The LexisPSL Local Government team and Ros Ashcroft examine l ocal authority statutory functions with regard to the provision of health services.

Guardianship and DOLS (again)

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The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine a difficult decision in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and guardianship.

Older articles

Feb 17, 2017

Government faces judicial review challenge over contaminated blood payments scheme

The Government is being taken to judicial review over alleged discrimination in its payment scheme for people living with HIV and the Hepatitis C virus.
Feb 08, 2017

Health and social care integration plans at ‘significant risk’, says NAO

The process of integrating the health and social care sectors could take years to lead to positive results and has not eased pressures so far, according to the National Audit Office.
Jan 30, 2017

Home Office names 33 regions for phase two of Local Alcohol Action Areas programme

The Home Office has unveiled a second phase of the local alcohol action areas (LAAA) programme, with 33 new regions coming on board.
Nov 11, 2016

The power to commission PrEP

A Court of Appeal ruling that NHS England had power to commission the anti-retroviral drug PrEP will be welcomed by councils. Monica Blades-Chase explains the judgment.
Nov 10, 2016

Councils hail Court of Appeal ruling on commissioning of HIV treatment PrEP

Local authorities have welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling that NHS England has the power to commission the HIV treatment PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).
Oct 21, 2016

Scottish court rejects legal challenge to plans for minimum unit price for alcohol

The Court of Session in Scotland has dismissed a legal challenge brought by the Scotch Whisky Association and others to the Scottish Government’s plans for the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol.
Oct 18, 2016

Council and MP row over threat of legal action on hospital changes

Telford & Wrekin Council has threatened to take legal action against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over a proposed move of hospital departments out of the town.
Sep 01, 2016

Make health material consideration in planning and licensing law: MPs

The Government must make good on its commitment to health in all policies by enshrining health as a material consideration in planning and licensing law, MPs have said.
Aug 02, 2016

Councils and charity win High Court battle over HIV treatment decision

The National Aids Trust (NAT) and the Local Government Association have won a High Court challenge to a decision by NHS England to refuse to consider in its commissioning process an anti-retroviral drug (“PrEP”) to be used on a preventative basis…
Jul 29, 2016

Council hails impact of legal action after fertility services decision reversed

Hartlepool Borough Council has hailed the impact of its decision to bring a High Court challenge over a NHS decision to end licensed fertility services in the town, after a clinical commissioning group decided not to implement its decision.
Jul 21, 2016

NAO blasts commissioning of collapsed United Care Partnership

A failed healthcare partnership in Cambridgeshire forgot about budgeting for VAT liability and wasted £8.9m of NHS money, the National Audit Office has found.
Jun 07, 2016

Charity plans legal action against NHS England over HIV treatment decision

An Aids charity is planning legal action against NHS England over the availability of PrEP, an HIV prevention treatment.
Jun 01, 2016

NHS England cites legal advice in declining to commission HIV treatment

The Specialised Services Commissioning Committee of NHS England has accepted external legal advice and concluded that it does not have the legal power to commission the new HIV treatment, PrEP.
May 24, 2016

Council secures first conviction of shopkeeper for sales below minimum price

A Gateshead shopkeeper has been prosecuted for selling alcohol below the minimum price in what is thought to be the first case of its kind under the Licensing Act 2003.
May 20, 2016

Creating a sustainable healthcare system

In the pursuit of a sustainable healthcare system local government must not be left behind, write Michael Boyd and Judith Barnes.
Apr 06, 2016

Councils and health boards in Wales to be required to form statutory partnerships

Local authorities and health boards in Wales are to be required to come together in new statutory partnerships to drive integration, innovation and service change, under social services legislation that has come into force this week.
Mar 22, 2016

Councils and NHS England row over who picks up bill for new HIV treatment

The Local Government Association has accused NHS England of “a selective and untenable reading” of regulations after the health body announced that councils are to be responsible for funding a new HIV treatment.
Feb 15, 2016

Directors call for public health objective in revamped Licensing Act

Nine out of ten Directors of Public Health at local authorities want a public health objective to be included in a revamped Licensing Act, according to a survey carried out by the Local Government Association.
Jan 20, 2016

Competition watchdog warns councils over high-strength alcohol schemes

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has warned local authorities that schemes aimed at reducing consumption of high-strength alcohol must not breach competition law.
Jan 05, 2016

European Court ruling on minimum alcohol pricing a "score draw", says QC

The Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment concerning the Scottish Government’s minimum alcohol pricing proposal was a “score draw” and there will be further litigation, a leading licensing QC has said.


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