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A clinical commissioning group last month lost a judicial review challenge brought over its decision to withdraw £600,000 in funding for a respite centre for disabled children. Andrew Sharland QC explains why.

News headlines

May 31, 2018

CCGs review NHS Continuing Healthcare policies after legal threat from watchdog

Thirteen NHS clinical commissioning groups have agreed to review their NHS Continuing Healthcare policies following the threat of legal action by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
May 01, 2018

Minimum pricing for alcohol comes into force in Scotland

Scotland has from today implemented minimum unit pricing for alcohol, with legislation coming into force that sets a minimum 50 pence per unit price.
Feb 01, 2018

Council faces legal challenge over award of children’s public health contract

Two NHS trusts have brought a legal challenge over Lancashire County Council’s award of a contract for public health services for children aged 0 to 19.
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.

Features and analysis

The power to commission PrEP

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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.

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.

Older articles

Aug 09, 2017

CCG faces legal action over decision to close respite centre

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has launched a legal challenge against Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) over its decision to close the Nascot Lawn respite care centre.
Jun 22, 2017

NHS trusts win legal challenge over contract award by council to Virgin Care

Two NHS foundation trusts have won a High Court challenge over Lancashire County Council’s decision to award a contract to Virgin Care for the provision of public health and nursing services to children and young people.
Jun 21, 2017

Air quality plans "unfairly shift burden" to local authorities: CIEH

The Government’s plan to tame nitrogen dioxide pollution seeks to unfairly shift the burden of solving the problem to local authorities, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Heath (CIEH) has said.
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 30, 2017

Changes to summary licence reviews

Anna Mathias discusses significant changes to the summary reviews procedure which will come into force on 6 April.
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.

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