Labour party members, supporters, councillors and MPs are working together with other groups to reverse the CCG proposal to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. You can help.
We are supporting 'Hands Off HRI' who are attempting to force a judicial review into the legality of the proposal. You can donate here. Every pound counts.
'Keep our NHS Public' campaigns across the country to do just that.
Information, background and links below.
NHS Campaigns Update on Judicial Reviews
Hands Off HRI
An application for Judicial Review (JR) was made challenging local proposals made by the NHS Trust to downgrade the local hospital and close A & E. However, permission to proceed has been declined. HOHRI received the following statement from Irwin Mitchell, the law firm that is leading the case.
“Our clients believe that the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has produced a flawed business case, which does not present all the necessary evidence or follow the government guidelines. We are now applying for an oral hearing in court to seek permission for a Judicial Review”
The judge has now agreed to allow an oral hearing which will take place in March.
Link here to the HOHRI website.
999 & JR4NHS
At the same time ‘999 Call for the NHS’ and ‘Judicial Review For The NHS’ (JR4NHS) have submitted JR requests relating to “Accountable Care Organisations”.(ACOs) These requests have been agreed.
The group believes that the model contract is unlawful because it would threaten patient safety, forcing hospitals to prioritise saving cash over clinical judgement. The contract does not link payment to the number of patients or the treatment they need but must work within a fixed budget. That budget is limited in order to meet the £22bn funding shortfall by 2021.
Read the full story here.
And the Keep our NHS Public newsletter here.
NHS England and the Secretary of State plan to introducing new, commercial, non-NHS bodies (the ACOs) to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny. Instead, they would have control of the allocation of taxpayers’ money for the NHS under commercial contracts.(That's going well...) Did you know this? No, because it is being carried out by stealth, without parliamentary scrutiny. However, you can find out more via these links:
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